Coming up with the money to start a new church might seem like an impossible task. But if God is calling you to church planting, don’t let finances stop you. God will provide for your ministry. Support can come from both the people within your church and the larger faith community around it.
In Your Church
Talking about giving as an opportunity to grow in stewardship of God’s resources. Since God is owner of all, a stewardship emphasis will help open people’s hearts to giving:
- Emphasize that giving is a chance to experience the joy of helping God build the kingdom. We partner in ways that God promises to reward. As Matthew 10:42 puts it, “Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”
- Explain that being a faithful financial steward is an important part of living out the Christian faith.
- Show people how their gifts help your ministry.
But be patient. Some planters want people to become stewardship giants overnight. That doesn’t happen. Instead, meet your congregation where they’re at. Let them grow into stewardship.
Recommended Bible Passages: Matthew 6:19-21, 2 Corinthians 9:9-11, 2 Chronicles 24:17-20, and Proverbs 19:17
In the Community
Reach out to individual donors and ask for support. Go through your Christmas card list. Share your testimony about the Lord’s call on your life, and ask them to help. This can be intimidating but often works well, bringing in $5,000–$10,000 a year. Click here for a few things to keep in mind when working with individual donors.
New Ministry Campaign
Churches often fund their building projects with capital campaigns. You can use the same techniques to raise money to plant a church. Lay out the mission, values, target audience, and costs of your church plant. Then challenge a church to hold a capital campaign to get your ministry off the ground. The money raised will help cover staff, program, rent, and start-up costs.
Churches raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to build buildings for people already in the church. Let’s challenge them to put the same effort into reaching people who are not part of any church.
Invite area RCA churches to sponsor your new church by pledging a given amount of money to your plant annually for a three-year period. Include a clear and specific proposal in your invitation so churches can get a good grasp of your ministry goals.