Does anyone have experience running a cult/church?
I filed for a 501(c)(3) federal non-profit and am going to be starting a E-church with headquarters in Manhattan (upper westside)
main source of income will be
-boomers dying and leaving their property and bankaccounts to us
-church goers tithing to the organization
I also want to get 9 women pregnant and starting a cult seems like a good way to do that. If only one boomer dies a year i'll still be making 50k a year.
thoughts? advice? what would be a good cult to start?
If you want to run a cult, you should at least have a good story. It should involve some final judgment that only you can save your followers from. Also, have a holy book.
I recommend that your book has at least three stories in it: a creation story, a hero's journey and a story of the end of the world. You may add some more as you see fit. Use Campbell's monomyth to structure your stories
I've been sorta daydreaming about become an arch-priest of something for a while now... Any plans to expand to Boston, because Im down to lead some masses or some ritualistic sacraments, etc?
Historically going after the elderly is toxic to the survival of a church.
Go after the youth and the lost if you're seriously trying to do this. Another thing to keep in mind that a generally positive message and a humble demeanor without overt trappings of wealth and greed is pretty important. You will have articles written about you, Journalists love "beating" something and Cults are pretty easy targets for them.
It's also better to not proclaim yourself as god in this current environment, it's better to not proclaim yourself as anything special or unique. People in this generation aren't attracted by that, they are attracted by a person with magnetism who can elevate them and help unlock their unrealized potential. There is a way that you can link this in with tithing but I'm not doing your homework for you.
beyond stupid? what are you talking about, this guy is from the US. Today there are still several recently created cults with 20-50 members who spout all kinds of bullshit. If this guy isn't afraid of being aggressive and know a little about rhetoric then he can probably get some muricans to listen to him and steal their money.
Cults live or die based on the personality of their leader, which has to be both magnetic and absolutely dominant. If you don't have those qualities, you're never going to get anywhere with this.
Piggyback off of the social justice memes that are currently floating around. Tell your members you're "helping them embrace diversity to have a sustainable conscience", and that performing or receiving microaggressions weighs down the soul and may cause illnesses. Have some sort of electric-assisted massage as the end ritual of an advanced program, like your equivalent of a catechism.
If you're serious about putting this in Manhattan, anon, I live on 133rd and I might be interested.
You might be better off going down the alternative medicine route and become some kind of mystical healing guru rather than an out and out cult leader. More opportunities to make cash, significantly less chance of you being shot and/or set on fire.
if you're not white. you think people are going to believe some white shitter somehow knows ancient chinese/hindu/indigenous/etc healing methods?
or maybe they are that stupid, i mean they are seeking alternative medicine...
This SUBURBAN DAD re-discovered the ancient Eastern techniques and methods for a healthy life and ENERGY SELF ACTUATION known by monks that the DRUG INDUSTRY and GOVERNMENTS want to BAN!!!
Smart people can join cults, but usually don't. They all have things in common including a naive world-view and are open to counter-culture ideas. If you can target your message to a particular audience, any kinda dumb story can work.
I feel like OP isnt' trying to create a new world religion, he just wants to hornswoggle some old people out of some money for a few years.
in that case he should just become a satanic sex cult leader and have crazy orgies with mothers and their daughters while wearing a snazzy hooded cloak like this lad: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/i-schoolgirl-day-sex-slave-4297534
Some cultures do not tend toward such deference to group or authority figures like in the UK. You have to have something more than a snazzy cloak and more than child rape to get North American consumers. Need a comet, or something.
OP you're going about this all wrong
you don't need a business licence or a 501(c) to get it off the ground
you need a good story
and people who will believe you
you gain followers first
then you do the money thing
taking life insurance policies out on your parishoners/members
also if you're not fuck all crqazy and want some stabililty out of this then no doubt you will have a "usuper" amongst your group who thinks your dogma goes in the right direction or doesn't do enough then they will splinter off and take a sizeable amount of people with them.
or they will just kill you and put them at the head of the religion.
All he needs to do is go on vacation to India or Thailand or somewhere exotic sounding, take some photos looking at giant statues or climbing temple steps, pay some filthy hobo to pretend to talk to them, take photos of the "conversations".
Bang. Instant " I learned these secrets from my guru who is met on my spirit journey. Here's the photos of me being enlightened. I can do the same for you too!" cover story.