Every church planter (except for those millionaire planters) have to fundraise to some extent. Some more then others, but it’s still a necessary part of starting a church from scratch. With that said, just wanted to share some fundraising tips for all you church planters or church planter-hopefuls out there:
- This might sound very basic, but I can’t express how necessary this one component is. Before you ever look to raise any kind of money, give your fundraising to God. Make sure your efforts are concentrated with prayer. Understanding God’s role in raising funds and involving Him in that process is critical.
- Make sure your vision and purpose for planting is clear. There’s nothing worse for a pastor then to have a guy sitting across the table asking for money and not having a clue what he’s going to do with it. Know your vision and know how to communicate it with passion & conviction.
- Once you’ve prayed and have clear vision for your church plant, begin to look for financial partners. This might be a healthy church in the area mothering your plant (ideal). It might be a number of churches investing finances and people into the formation of this new church. It could be a number of individual donors that believe in your vision. One of the more popular fundraising routes today is planting through a church planting network (or denomination). You can oftentimes receive more funds this way, but there are usually stipulations. The best thing to do, though, in finding financial partners is to use various combinations of these sources. Multiple sources will ensure more stability.
- If you’re having trouble finding financial partners, try breaking your expenses down. For example, rather then asking a pastor to give $50,000 toward planting your church, you ask him if his church could purchase a video projector for $3,000. This not only makes things more manageable for a money-conscious pastor, it also is a more tangible investment for a church or investor.
- One last thing…remember, if God has called you, He will provide!
Anything you would add?