Financing a Church Plant

Lots of guys get lots of money to start churches…it didn’t happen that way for us.  Our sponsoring church took care of my insurance and paid me as an intern for my first year on the ground (the year before our preview service).  We did all the things that you’re supposed to do – prepare a prospectus, meet with churches, and send out letters.  All in all, we spent about $50,000 from the time I moved to Cartersville, to the time we launched in August of 2006.  Our convention gave us $10,000 and another church gave us $5,000.  All of this went to some salaries, kids equipment, rent for the movie theater, outreach events, office stuff, computers, and everything else.  In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t that much money and I don’t know how we did it.

We just launched the church and refused to let money be an excuse.  We used the offering from our first preview service to buy lights for the second one.  We went week to week.  We didn’t have a whole bunch of churches lining up to help us.  I told all our people that I really believed that we would make it
because of the faithful, regular giving of our people….not because
some millionaire or other church would swoop in and save the day.

I’m sure there are some great resources out there on fundraising, but we just weren’t that good at it.  Our staff raised support, we saved money where we could, and we didn’t try and operate like a church with 323 ministries.  We were slim and simple.  We spent money on things that affected Sundays and got people in the community to come to church.  We don’t do fundraisers and nickle and dime people to death. 

Our launch team stepped up and started giving before we had services.  We took up an offering at every launch team meeting.  Now that we are nine months into this, I am doing a series on money…this week we are hitting tithing pretty hard. 

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