Lessons Learned from the Association of Related Churches: How Startups and Spirituality Merge

By Brianna Ruelas Brianna Ruelas has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on April 6, 2024

Few people think about churches when they think of starting a business, but it takes a lot of time and energy to build a church. There are even organizations to help, including the Association of Related Churches (ARC), also known as ARC Churches. This religious organization is a launching pad for passionate individuals with a vision to build thriving Christian communities. So, for those who dream of starting a church but feel overwhelmed by the initial steps, ARC Churches can be your partner in making that dream a reality.

What Makes ARC Churches Different?

ARC Churches sets itself apart through its comprehensive church planting model. They go beyond simply offering resources by providing a supportive ecosystem designed to empower church planters for long-term success. Here are some key aspects of ARC Churches’ approach:

Proven Track Record: With over one thousand successful church launches under its belt, the Association of Related Churches (ARC) has a proven method for building churches that attract large congregations and flourish over time.

Multi-Faceted Support: ARC Churches doesn’t leave you on your own. They offer a combination of world-class training, experienced coaching, and financial assistance to prepare clients for every stage of the church planting journey.

Focus on Healthy Foundations: Recognizing the importance of a strong personal foundation, ARC Churches prioritizes the well-being of church planters and their families. They foster a supportive network for encouragement and guidance.

A Step-by-Step Look at Launching with the Association of Related Churches (ARC)

ARC Churches’ launch process is structured and designed to give clients the best chance of success. Let’s explore the key steps involved:

Attend an ARC Launch Event: This event serves as an introduction to ARC’s philosophy and approach. Clients gain valuable insights from seasoned pastors, coaches, and staff. There are no prerequisites to attend, making it a great first step to learn more.

Application and Assessment: After attending the launch event, clients can submit a formal application to begin the process with ARC. This allows them to get to know their clients better and assess their readiness for church planting. The assessment focuses on three key areas: marital stability, financial health, and ministry experience.

Get Equipped Through Training: Once approved, clients gain access to ARC All Access, their online training platform. This extensive resource library provides in-depth training modules, downloadable materials, and access to valuable partner resources. Clients can progress through the training at their own pace, gaining the knowledge and skills needed to launch successfully.

Personalized Coaching: ARC assigns you a dedicated Launch Coach, a seasoned church planter who has successfully launched a church through ARC’s program. This coach will provide personalized guidance, answer client questions, and offer feedback on their launch plan, ensuring they are fully prepared for launch day.

Launch and Funding: As clients approach their launch date, they will work towards achieving specific milestones set by ARC. These milestones serve as healthy benchmarks for a strong launch. ARC offers financial support that matches fundraising efforts for the initial launch by up to $50,000. These funds come from a community of pastors who have benefited from ARC’s program, and ARC encourages reinvesting these funds to support future church planters.

Making Dreams a Reality

For anyone looking to embark on the rewarding journey of starting a church, the Association of Related Churches (ARC) can provide the support, guidance, and resources needed to increase the chances of success. Whether someone is attending an ARC Launch Event to learn more or simply exploring their options, ARC Churches can be a valuable resource on their path toward establishing a thriving Christian community.

By Brianna Ruelas Brianna Ruelas has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Brianna Ruelas is a Dallas-based account executive and news desk editor at Grit Daily. She is also a motivational speaker and singer, creative cultivator, and bestselling author. Reach her at [email protected].

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