Before your new church makes a splash with its Grand Opening, you need to run at least 4 church plant preview services. I started learning about preview services before I even got into church planting ministry. Many years ago, I was on staff at a bank as we opened a brand-new branch on the other
Awareness of food allergies and dietary restrictions have been on the rise. With all the clamor about gluten-free this and gluten-free that, here are some things you need to know if you’re going to offer gluten-free communion. I went to the grand opening of a church plant in San Francisco years ago. I’d probably heard
Continuing my string of posts about fantastic cheap and free services for your church, you need to know about tons of nonprofit discounts for churches available at TechSoup. Wouldn’t it be great if someone compiled a list of all the nonprofits grants, discounts and freebies that are available from all the big corporate donors? That’s
Amazon is generous to nonprofits. Here are some ideas to maximize 3 of their Amazon nonprofit programs for your church. Two of the three programs may require you to have your 501c3 Determination Letter back from the IRS. So if you haven’t already filed, here’s yet another reason to take care of that early in
Church planting never goes quite like you think it’s going to. Some things will go better than you’ve imagined. Other things will be harder. A few planters will have to decide whether to push back church launch. What I mean by pushing back launch is punting until the next launch season, like from fall to
It’s easy to forget to check for some key items when you take a tour of a potential worship facility. Here are 6 things you should include on your facility tour checklist. It often goes like this: you make an appointment with the management to check out a potential worship facility. It has promise, but
Church planters pay for their church plant equipment somewhere on this church plant equipment cost vs time diagram: The bar continues to be set high for producing worship gatherings here in the US. Lights, sound and projection all come at a cost. To some extent, you get to choose between paying in time or money.
Last week we looked at first things to consider when you create a church plant budget. Here’s a few more: Startup vs. Recurring Expenses For a lot of expense categories, it makes sense to think of the budget on an regular monthly basis: if your worship department budget is $2,400 for the year, you have $200/month