Updated: Dec 5, 2018
Being a church planter can be fun and exciting. The joy of launching a new church in different cities and building a new community of people to do life together and seeing new converts making a life changing decision to give their life to Jesus Christ is a amazing feeling. As a church planter, you are full of vision of what God has laid upon your heart for a city and you are eager to want to share it with anyone who is willing to listen.
However, as a young church planter, there are challenges you face when launching a church. One of the big challenges of church planting is money. I am in a position where I have this great vision God has given me for a city and future cities but the problem is raising the finances to accommodate that vision. There are so many areas where you need start up money in order to give the church a good base to launch. For example, sound equipment, supplies for children’s church, outreach, ministry material, building (lease or rent), and musicians.
Raising money can be definitely tough for me when most of your members on your launch team are young adults who are not fully financially stable. Also, raising and asking for money can be intimidating and uncomfortable to do especially when people think all the church want is your money. I am not the type of person who feels comfortable for asking for money and I don’t want that stigma to be attached to me as a pastor that “he is all about money.” But, I do understand that you have to ask in order to get accomplish what God is calling you to do. People are always going to have something to say when you talk about money in church; however, you have to be comfortable with your intentions knowing that it is all for the glory of God and your helping to continue grow the kingdom of God.
While it can be frustrating trying to raise finances, you have to just trust God through it all knowing He is faithful. You must trust in God knowing that there is always provision made for a God vision. It doesn’t matter if you’re launching a church, starting a new business, or going to college. God will bring the necessary resources for you to start that business, go off to college, and provide for your family. This bible verse has been helping me: “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24 NKJV) God is faithful to His promises concerning you. Just let faith rise and watch how God brings it together within His timing.
Transformation Christian Fellowship is 9 months away from launching Labor Day Weekend of this year and we have a goal of raising at least $50,000 to launch. We plan to launch a GoFundMe in order to raise launch money for our church plant. Please prayerfully consider helping us in this endeavor by sowing a seed of any donation in our church launch.