The four critical elements of any successful new church start are God (spiritual energy), a certain amount of know-how, lots of energy, and money. The first three are not optional, and at some point money will become an issue. Here are 20 ways your church can help finance a new church plant.
1. Provide regular (monthly if possible) financial support for the new church.
2. Donate items such as a lawn mower, microwave, oven, paint, etc.
3. Provide equipment and supplies, such as sound equipment, computer, printer, software, books, etc.
4. Pay for a specific utility such as gas, electric, water, etc.
5. Provide a specified amount for church planter’s mileage.
6. Provide gift cards from local eateries.
7. Purchase Bibles, tracts, or other material for the new work.
8. Pay for an occassional getaway for planter and wife.
9. Pay for church planter to attend training opportunities.
10. Put the new church in your mission budget and designate a percentage of undesignated offerings toward the new work (2-3% is a suggestion).
11. Provide a set amount each month (i.e. $100, $200, $500, etc.).
12. Allow the church planter to speak once a quarter and take up a special offering.
13. Take a special offering each month.
14. Sell off church assets and send proceeds to the new church.
15. Build a 48 week budget for your church and once a quarter (5th Sundays) give entire weeks offfering to new church.
16. Encourage the 5/52 plan where individuals or families give $5 a week for 52 weeks to the new church.
17. Sunday School classes or women’s mission organizations could adopt the new work, and find creative ways to help finance it.
18. Establish an ongoing fund for church planting similar to a building fund, etc.
19. Provide a baby church shower for the new church’s facility. Fill their wish list.
20. Give regularly and generously to the Cooperative program of the Southern Baptist Convention, to your association’s church planting fund, or your denominational church planting efforts.