Here’s a crash course in how to plant a church:
- Choose where you will plant your church and who will be on your team.
- Spend a lot of time begging churches and individuals for money… at least, oh, $250,000 (over three-to-five years). More money is better.
- Get to the where and start your church as quickly as possible, and hope and pray that you reach “critical mass”–the minimum number of people it takes for the church to be viable (or, to put it another way, the minimum number of givers who can provide enough money through offerings so that you can continue to get paid and do church after the $250,000+ runs out in three-to-five years).
Sorry if that sounded a little sarcastic. But it’s pretty much true. Fortunately, some church planters are changing that…
Here’s how much money I need to raise to make disciples and plant churches in Greenville:
Look at that amount again. I just want to make sure you got it.
Discovery is already showing that this can be done. We’ve planted two microchurches so far this year, and it’s cost us nothing (we may have had one expense we decided to reimburse someone for, but it was, like less than $20). Two churches, with the potential to reach 40 people before multiplying… planted for $0.00.
I’m convinced that I’m not supposed to raise one cent of support to go to Greenville and plant churches. Here’s why: if the way we do church at Discovery is truly simple and truly reproducible, then a dude shouldn’t have to be in “full time ministry” to do it.
This will free me from all kinds of stress–I won’t have to worry about whether or not we’ve got enough money in the bank for me to get paid (and we never have had to worry about that. God has been so good, and our Discovery givers have been so good). This will also free Discovery up a lot financially. Yeah, there’s the possibility that there’ll still be a salary to pay, but it won’t be what I’m making now. That’ll free up a ton of money for our microchurches to serve the world with. In the end, it will be win-win for everyone.
So, pray for me as I look for a job. I’m praying for something with benefits (which will free Laura up to pursue some other things and give her more flexibility should her mom need some help), and something within my skill set (which isn’t much beyond church work), something that will expose me to the needs of Greenville, something service oriented, something that will get me rubbing shoulders will people who don’t know Jesus, but are receptive to Him.
Tomorrow, I’ll post about what will happen in Greenville.