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Church Planting Tutorial: 18. Staffing

Hiring Staff is one of the most important things you will do in church planting.  Spend the necessary time doing your homework.  Don’t cut corners.  Check out this Top-5 List of Staffing Mistakes made by church planters: Waiting too long to hire (i.e., until you think you can afford it) – growing […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 17. Facilities

Finding a meeting place is a major task for most new churches. Buying or even leasing a facility in the beginning is not possible for the church plant, so you will likely need to look at an assortment of leasing and renting options. Here are a few of the most […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 16. Equipment

Equipment represents a significant percentage of total expenses for a new church.  Simply managing the list of required equipment can be a daunting task.  Consider taking the following actions: 1. Equipment List – Visit the experts at Portable Church Industries (PCI) or Church on Wheels to get started and learn more about equipment requirements.  Also download […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 15. Outreach

Outreach events are great opportunities for establishing name recognition and starting conversations with people in the community. You need to know 1) what your community needs most, 2) what types of events you can effectively deliver with the resources you have to support those needs and 3) the ability to plan […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 14. Marketing

Marketing and Branding – An excerpt from “Church Planting from the Ground Up” edited by Tom Jones The outreach materials are taken from Passion for Planting online launch plan management system (PlanterPlan). Milestone: Get the Word Out (Marketing) Introduction How would Jesus market the church? Does it work? Is it necessary? Is it biblical, […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 13. Finances

Where does all the money go? The question every church planter must ask. Money follows vision…so the type of church you plan to start significantly influences the money required to start. In a previous tutorial page, we discussed church planting models. As you might expect, house and cell-based churches require […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 12. Legal Issues

New churches should consider the following steps in establishing the proper legal structure. Step 1 – Select a Church Name– Start with a great name. Before an organization can incorporate and become tax exempt, it must first select a name. Step 2 – Establish a U.S. Post Office Box or […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 11. Demographics

Looking to understand the people you are trying to reach?  We suggest the following basic approach: Identify General Areas of Interest:  If you already know the meeting location for your Sunday services, make note of the address (street address or intersection).  If not, identify addresses/intersections for potential meeting locations.  In […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 10. Opening Day

There are many different approaches and philosophies to planning.   No matter which approach is used, planning is simply a means to an end.  Planning helps define the actions for getting from where you are today to where you want to be in the future.  No matter what planning approach you […]

Church Planting Tutorial: 9. Philosophy of Ministry

Just as the body’s DNA defines the characteristics of the body, the philosophy of ministry shapes and defines the character of the new church. Every Church is Unique Although all healthy churches seek to fulfill the Great Commission, no two churches are exactly alike. Church planters are each called to […]