Do you feel you have a calling to establish a church or ministry? This is not something to be taken lightly. People who experience this calling normally start feeling restless as if some internal force is plodding them to make a detour from whatever career path they are taking and start doing something else, particularly along the lie of religious or spiritual pursuit. I had had a co-employee before who in the midst of a successful career in business, decided to change gear and joined a religious order instead. He just had to follow an inner longing and decided to make a leap of faith to finally pursue it.
If you can identify yourself with that experience, then you know that you are not alone. It is a very valid undertaking, notwithstanding possible misgivings from your family and friends who may even discourage you from pursuing it. Your spiritual gift, whatever it may be, could be your primary reason for being here. It would be a lifetime regret if you let it go without giving it your best shot.
Statistically, I’d say most of those who have encountered this spiritual calling chose to respond to it by taking the easier route of joining an established religious group or organization. Joining an existing group or organization frees you from the worries and anxieties on how exactly you should go on to pursue your calling. Your superiors plan for you and make the decision on your deployment. Even the resources and logistical needs could readily be provided by the organization.
You may not, however, feel comfortable joining an existing group. There is a more adventurous route you may decide to take — pursue your spiritual gift by establishing your own ministry. Religious history is full of such examples, within Christianity or other religions. You have, of course, Billy Graham’s ministry that has become internationally famous since the 1950s. The latest in Billy Graham’s footsteps might be Rick Warren who established his own unique ministry anchored on his book on living a life of purpose.
Such an inner calling to establish one’s church or ministry is not unique to Christians. Outside of Christianity, we may cite the example of L. Ron Hubbard who established his own religion, Scientology, and Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi who founded his own ministry based on a technique for practicing Eastern spirituality.