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How To Start A Church

After starting street evangelism in Chihuahua Mexico, the evangelist is reporting great success, 17 people have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and want to form a church. Not being formal church people my friend and I are having discussions about what to do. Any suggestions?

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I am sure that the church has already been started. You may mean a congregation, but you cannot mean how to start a church.

You may have problems with administration and starting a new congregation. Issues like ordination of elders, deacons, how to carry out a service may ocur, but how to start a church cannot be an issue
---francis on 8/3/10

Pray about it. It costs money to have a church building.
---Eloy on 8/2/10

Christians ARE the church. Wherever two or more are gathered in Christ's name, there shall Christ be - whether on the street corner, at a park, at a local cafe, or in the home with a couple of friends.

Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "comfort" to know that the christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational churches.

Denominational churches is a creation of satan who has divided christians into their own little cults each having their own rituals, traditions, ways of living, and interpretations of the bible. Colossians 2:8-10
---Steveng on 8/2/10

It take The Direction of God for a Church starting.

If it isn't God inspired,
then it's carnal Man - made doings. Just like the devil 2nd.Cor.11 v's 14 - 15 gave man deceiving ideas to start the trin rcc.
---Lawrence on 8/2/10

There is the gift of evangelism and the gift of being a shepherd. The two are very different. Evangelists, more often than not, do not make the best shepherds. We have a pastor that would rather evangelize on the golf course than be a pastor. Why change a winning game "gift".
---IntheWoods on 1/2/08

catherine, why don't you start a bible study with some Christians you know. That would be a beginning. If you don't begin, you may be waiting for awhile. Think big, but take small steps. It would be better than remaining all alone. (Don't let strangers in your home that you don't know - safety first, sister).
---Toby on 5/23/07

Why don't you refer these new Christians to churches that are already in Mexico? They are there. Just check on the website for Baptist, Assembly of God, etc. You'll find they are all busy in the Mexican ministry.
---Susie on 5/23/07

Pastoral ministry is like fixing a bookshelf as soon as you get one thing repared and level, the middle sags, once you fix that the fist thing you fixed becomes loose...evangelism is like a shooting fish in a barrel,since the holy spirit has prepared them to hear all you need to do is walk up point you gun into the barrel and fire.and fish o'plenty.
I believe you can catch the parable.
---willow on 5/22/07

When you get some ideas pass them on to me. Thank you!
---catherine on 5/22/07

If God is leading them to start a church, then so be it. But if not, they shouldn't. and just seek a good church where God can use them the most. If none of them aren't called into the ministery of God, I wouldn't open up a church. But alot do and within a year the church is closed.
---Rebecca_D on 5/22/07

** There is the gift of evangelism and the gift of being a shepherd. The two are very different**

Well put, Intothewoods.
---Jack on 5/21/07

Keep evangelizing. God will send a Pastor. These two groups of people operate in a totally different anointing. "Some have been given to be prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, etc., Since evalgelists and pastors are listed separately then there's a different anointing for each. You evangelize if that's your gift. God will send a Pastor if it's meant to open a Church. If not, you can all meet in someones house each week, praying and sharing the word like in the book of Acts.
---donna5634 on 5/21/07

Do what they di in the Bible. Appoint elders to oversee the people. Godly, spirit filled leadership that will shepherd and teach the people. They certainly won't survive without ministry. The other alternative is to get them grounded in a work that is already established.
---john on 5/20/07

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