What Is A Missional Church and How To Start One?
In 2012, it was estimated that 4 percent of the U.S. population (which is about 12,200,000 people) worshipped in an independent or nondenominational church, up more than 50 percent from 8 million estimated in the year 2008. Starting a missional church is no different than satig any other non-profit organization. Before you can establish the community church, there are some key points you must follow. As a non-profit establishing a missional church creates personal liability protection for any debt the church community might accumulate over time. Let?s take a look at the particular steps involved with starting a missional church.
First thing you need to do before you can begin building the missional church you need a solid plan. Take the necessary time to meet with other founding members to come up with a mission statement for the non-profit. This is similar to a business plan if you were to start a business, but on a much smaller scale. Jot down the activities that will be available for the missional church members. Where will Sunday worship take place and who?s responsible for managing the congregation? Creating a plan will get you on your way figuring out the estimated expenses in order to raise the funds for the church.
Within the plan list out the initial directors who by law are legally responsible for the missional church.These members are the church council or deacons who will manage the church community and the congregation. Establish the missional church by filing the necessary documents. The papers file might be different depending on where the non denominational church is located. The certificate you?ll receive will become public document and act as a sign that you are a lawfully established non-profit religious organization.
Establish your by laws for the church. This will serve as the church?s constitution or charter enumerating all of the rules that internally governs the church and it?s members. Apply any tax exemption papers that permits you to hire staff members who will help with maintaining the missional church grounds. Once all the finances and tax documentions are all in order you can establish the church and start accepting new members.