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Q: how to start a church in europe ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: how to start a church in europe
Category: Relationships and Society > Religion
Asked by: holguinero-ga
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Posted: 12 Apr 2003 09:58 PDT
Expires: 12 May 2003 09:58 PDT
Question ID: 189658
i have a client that would like to start a church in europe. he's an
evangelical christian and has plenty of contacts/support for the
evangelism and philosophical side.

but i'm encouraging him to focus on organization building, marketing
and many of the basics a business would use and for which he seems to
really lack tools and support.

am looking for orgs, tools, contacts for him.

Request for Question Clarification by politicalguru-ga on 12 Apr 2003 10:13 PDT
Dear holguinero, 

I would like to know what you mean by "starting a church". Would he
like to open churches related to a contemporary Evangelical current or
does he has theological or organisational ieas that are different than
those of the alreay existing churches?

What kin of "tools" does your client need: 
- legal status? 
- drawing new believers/supporters? 
- where in Europe?

Clarification of Question by holguinero-ga on 12 Apr 2003 11:38 PDT
thanks for the follow up.

his target is to start just one church. from scratch. he's looking at
france, belgium, switzerland, italy.

he does not have any evangelical bent and i would call him mainstream
non-denominational evangelical christian.

imo, he needs a business plan ('who are we and where are we going')
and an operations manual ('how we will do things') and a policy manual
('here's the corral to play in').

he also needs a marketing/research plan/effort. 

advisors/consultants for the above.
Subject: Re: how to start a church in europe
Answered By: peggy_bill-ga on 15 Apr 2003 12:06 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello holguinero,

Just to make certain, I checked to see if freedom of religion is
guaranteed in the European Union’s charter.  I was happy to find that
Article 10: states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought,
conscience and religion.  This right includes freedom to change
religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with
others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief in
worship, teaching, practice and observance."
Draft Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union

Given that starting a church in Europe is a fundamental right, your
client should keep in mind that the actual practices of peoples and
governments do not always live up to such ideals.  He should read the
EUROPE AND THE OSCE (DECEMBER 5, 1997) Commission on Security and
Cooperation in Europe, Washington, DC.

This article is several years old.  But, I think that it is worth
noting.  While religious freedom is considered an important right in
European countries, it is important to know what is actually going on.
 These speakers address reality of subtle, but growing undercurrents
of discrimination and harassment of minority religious believers
around Europe.  Some of the countries discussed are the ones in which 
your client is interesting.

I do not know where your client presently is located, but the results
of this conference suggest several things in order to reduce
persecution from these European governments.  The first suggestion is
that the new church should be careful not to impose an “American
church-state model” in countries of Central and Eastern Europe.  There
is a cultural sensitivity and paranoia when such a church model is
created as many of the locals feel that it clashes with the history,
culture, and theological perspective of the local population.

The second suggestion is to not demonstrate a wealthy western image. 
I does not sound as if your client is backed by a large organization. 
But, if is best to have a small, individual church than a large,
representative of a wealthy western church.

Your client should learn the applicable laws of incorporation and
ownership of property in whichever country he is interested in.  These
are not obstacles as much as details that are important.  He should
set up his church along the local laws.  He should also be aware of
the population of the neighborhood.  He is likely to run into fewer
problems if he is able to physically locate in a neighborhood that is
friendly to his purpose.  Outreach will be easier and cheaper if the
physical church is located amongst his potential members.  There will
also be fewer problems of prejudice if the neighborhood is friendly to
his churches intent.  It is easier to get your ideas across if you are
culturally relevant to the surrounding community

Organization begins with your client’s vision.  What is the purpose of
his church?  Presumably, it is to preach.  If that is the case, he can
begin his preaching anywhere, depending on the local laws and local
tolerance.  As he gathers support, he can also gather resources.  A
physical church location is a good place for worshipers to gather.  At
that point, he may consider the other resources he wants for his
church; shelter, education, warm meals?.  These plans must all get
incorporated into his long term vision.

There is a practical guide that he can buy that contains practical
details of starting a church written by a minister of 12 years.  It is
a resource that addresses most of the practical aspects of starting a
church from outreach to ritual.  It is likely to be very helpful for
your client.
How to Start a Church

Here is another step by step guide to forming a church.  

Here is the story of a fellow who started a church in Nigeria.
Start a Church Nigerian Style

I found the presence of Christian organizations who encourage the
starting of Christian churches through Europe.  Some give more helpful
details than others.  Some are promoting a certain denomination,
others are not.  But, most have helpful resources and a network of
organizations that would be useful to your client.

Greater European Mission is a group that encourages individuals to
start Christian Churches around Europe.  They offer a variety of

Christian Associates across Europe.

Churches Starting Churches

Church Planting Resources

International Movement We Are Church / European Network

Keywords Used: 
starting church in europe

law start church europe

EU law start chuch

I hope this helps.
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holguinero-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $6.00
good job. thanks.

Subject: Re: how to start a church in europe
From: neilzero-ga on 13 Apr 2003 06:22 PDT
Typically this is done by renting a place to meet until the
congregation is contributing enough to buy a church building or build.
Sometimes you can arrange to rent a church that is in use, at low
cost. This often means meeting very early or in the afternoon.  Neil
Subject: Re: how to start a church in europe
From: mrleger-ga on 05 Jul 2003 03:12 PDT
latest useful news: since january 1st, 2003, in Belgium, Evangelical
movement has been officially recognized by the government.  This means
that Evangelical churches can now receive fundings from the state, and
ministers from Evangelicals church can receive a salary.  Before this
date, only Protestant ministers (Reformed) were receiving their salary
from the Belgian state, along with the Catholic priests.

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