What Does It Take to Plant a Church?
Any church who is objectively and subjectively ready
to plant a church still needs to gather resources. Unfortunately, in this short space
we cannot possibly discuss all the various possible levels of resources. Much depends
on the model of church planting being used. Still, some general comments are
Undoubtedly this will occupy the thoughts of many people contemplating a church plant.
Where will we get the money? Lets deal with this immediately.
There are many possible sources.
- Finance it like a building project. We often have pledge-drives,
fundraisers and budget in long-term capital accumulation as we prepare to
build a building. Why not for planting a church?
- Denominational grants are often available
- Form a Church Planting Network. By drawing together a group of churches
who will share the planting and supervising of the church, even small churches with
only small bits of extra finances may be able to find the money together.
- Create a Donor Network. There are always people looking for good places
to put extra money to work. By putting out the word through social networking
websites, mailings, advertisements in various publications you can often find
enough people for any good cause.
Ok, how much money are we talking? Again, that depends
on the kind of church plant.
There are many more models. The point is that each has its own peculiar financing needs
- A New-Church Start can be funded for between 2 and 3 years
worth of a pastors salary%benefits, facility rental and program materials
disbursed in a descending manner over a 3 to 5 year timeline.
- A House Church Plant may only necessitate the pastors salary and benefits.
- A Satellite Church may only cost the facilities, since you may start off with
the staff you already have.
Personnel for the Church Plant
Obviously we will need people to reach out and draw others to the church and to
Jesus. How do we find them?
The church planter:
Recognize that you may also need a church planting team of two or more
planters. This has been shown to be advantageous in many church plants.
- Church Planter Bootcamps are run by many denominations and mission
organizations where they evaluate possible church planters to see that they have the
right experience, abilities, personality and spirituality.
- Successful Church Planters often will want to hand their young
congregation off to another pastor in order to plant another church.
- Within your Congregation there may be people with the gift of
evangelism who with training, coaching and encouragement could successfully plant
a church. Indeed, for years the traditional path to Seminary in South Korea was
successfully plant a church and then attend seminary.
- Recruit a Church Planter for a particular need. Many ethnic churches
necessitate a church planter of that ethnicity to be successful. However, be careful
since there are many pitfalls. Seemingly homogeneous groups can be quite
diverse and divided. Latinos, Taiwanese, immigrant from India all have their particular
subdivisions and choosing a church planter from the wrong group can spell
disaster. Always get hep.
A Core Group or Launch Team?
Commissioning a group of members from your congregation to join the Church Planting
effort can always be helpful. And dont be stingy. Include some of your best
ministry leaders so that the Church will have the best start possible. And you will
be surprised. Inevitably there are leaders-in-waiting who
had not previously stepped forward because there was no need.
A Core Group joins the church plant as permanent members. They may live
close-by and therefore are natural additions to the effort.
A Launch Team commits to stay with the church only through its initial
planting. Like the booster stage on a rocket, they can then fall away, back to the
Mother Church, guilt-free.
More to learn. There is much more to learn about planting a church and
resources abound.. Good
places to start are your denomination, independent mission boards,
Church Planting Village (for
rural church plants) and simply googling church planting.
I will be glad to give you assistance as well.