Funding

We recognize the importance of having a strong funding system. We believe God provides ever-expanding resources to support His work. Here are several funding options to pursue:

COVID-19 EMERGENCY CHURCH PLANT GRANT FUND

Our church planters need your help and gift of hope! We believe God has uniquely positioned our new Wesleyan church plants to serve their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. However, many church plants are facing a season of tremendous instability. Because of this, we have an urgent need for an infusion of financial resources.

Church planters by nature are innovative, problem solvers, and resilient. Many of our church planters will lead the way in online discipleship and evangelism. However, we know this crisis will take a severe toll on most of our church planters. Many church planters are currently living with the underlying fear of realizing they simply do not have the infrastructure or internal giving strength to weather this storm without having to make drastic changes that may affect the missional direction of the church.

These church leaders are making hard decisions to temporarily close the doors to their physical buildings. But, now more than ever, the Hope cannot close its doors.

Please give a financial gift to The Wesleyan Church so we can bring help and hope.

 GIVE HOPE NOW 

Your financial partnership will connect people to the hope of Jesus by funding the Church Multiplication Collective’s COVID-19 Emergency Church Plant Grant fund. All funds will be distributed to church plants within U.S./Canada. Grants will be prioritized by the greatest need.

Your gift helps…

  • Fill the gap. Most church plant budgets are funded by 50-70% outside donations. Internal and external donations will decrease during this economic downturn. Most church planters tend to take the financial hit personally before they allow the church to suffer. Many church planters will experience a reduction in salary and benefits. Your gift can help minimize this pain-point and keep church planters in their community.
  • Accelerate digital/online church. God had already been preparing the church to engage in a digital world, but many church plants were not ready for the purchasing of additional equipment and software. Your gift can help church planters properly facilitate the digital experience and reach more people for Christ!
  • Keep the blessing going. Our church planters have an incredible reputation of being the hands and feet of Christ in their communities. Church planters often come up with some of the most creative ways to bless and serve their communities. Your gift can keep the giving going!

Please Give Today!

On behalf of these church planters, thank you for your financial partnership to fuel the work!

Thank you for your generosity and for helping us continue working toward our vision of seeing lives, communities, and churches transformed by the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ.

GIVE HOPE NOW 

*Checks made payable to: The Wesleyan Church

Mail to: P.O. BOX 50434, Indianapolis, IN 46250
Memo: Church Plant Gift

$3,000 Start Up Grant for New Reproducing Campus/Site

The Church Multiplication Collective of The Wesleyan Church is committed to providing a $3,000 “matching” grant for any church committed to launching a new reproducing campus or site within a new location or zip code. *This new grant will be available upon receiving and approving the grant; and as this grant fund allows.

In order to qualify for the Reproducing Campus/Site Startup Grant, church leaders

  1. Complete and submit the Startup Grant for New Campus Site Application
  2. Must be a Wesleyan Church in good standing.
  3. Must have local church board (or leadership advisory team) approval.
  4. Must have District Superintendent approval (*DBA approval not necessary).
  5. Must be willing to commit to govern the new campus/site in perpetuity or until the campus/site obtains autonomous church plant status.
  6. Must be willing to mentor and provide a strong relationship and strategic guidance for the campus/site leadership team.
  7. Must be willing to proactively set up the campus/site to become a reproducing/multiplying church body.
  8. Please submit a budget of the percentage of the campus/site’s offering for a future campus/site or autonomous church plant.

Email all documents to Carolyn Little.

Upon approval and receipt of the items above, the CMC will bless you with a check in the name of the new church.

 

$4,000 Startup Church Plant Grant

Startup Grant ApplicationThe Church Multiplication Collective of The Wesleyan Church is committed to providing a $4,000 Startup Grant for every qualifying autonomous church plant. *This new grant will be available upon receiving and approving the grant; and as this Startup Grant fund allows.

In order to qualify for the startup grant, church planters must:

1. Complete and submit the Startup Grant Application.

2. Provide an electronic copy of an official report from one of the CMC’s regional Church Planting Assessment Center (or an equivalent Assessment Center).

3. Provide an electronic document demonstrating District Board of Administration (DBA) approval of the new project.

4. Register the new church with TWC (information found HERE).

5. Participate in a church planting training event, such as, Essentials (information found HERE). Create and submit an electronic document stating the name, location, and date of the training you were involved in.

6. Commit to a one year coaching relationship with a certified coach (information found HERE). Provide an electronic copy of a signed coaching agreement.

7. Submit an electronic document detailing your ministry plans, budget, timeline, and launch date.

*Currently, campuses and multisite projects are not eligible for this grant. 

Email all documents to Carolyn Little.

Upon approval and receipt of the items above, the CMC will bless you with a check in the name of the new church.

Startup Grant Application

 

$4,000 Multipliers Church Plant Grant

In addition to the Startup Grant, The Church Multiplication Collective of The Wesleyan Church is committed to providing a $4,000 grant for autonomous church plants committed to church multiplication from the very beginning. *This new grant will be available upon receiving and approving the grant; and as this grant fund allows.

In order to qualify for the Multipliers Church Plant Grant, church planters must provide the same documentation as the Startup grant criteria (#1-7 below) plus an additional criteria and commitment to church multiplication (see #8).

1. Complete the Multipliers Church Plant Grant

2. Provide an electronic copy of an official report from one of the CMC’s regional Church Planting Assessment Center (or an equivalent Assessment Center).

3. Provide an electronic document demonstrating District Board of Administration (DBA) approval of the new project.

4. Register the new church with TWC (information found HERE).

5. Participate in a church planting training event, such as, Essentials (information found HERE). Create and submit an e-document stating the name, location, and date of the training you were involved in.

6. Commit to a one year coaching relationship with a certified coach (information found HERE). Provide an electronic copy of a signed coaching agreement.

7. Submit an electronic document detailing your ministry plans, budget, timeline, and launch date.

8. Submit an electronic document detailing your church multiplication plans and a commitment to plant at least one autonomous church by the third year of the plant (post-launch).

Plans must demonstrate:

  • A line-item in the church’s budget or a percentage of the tithes and offerings being designated toward funding church planting (post-launch).
  • An emphasis on planter development, such as, starting a church planting residency or engaging in a church planting network.
  • A regular form of communicating the value of church multiplication within membership courses or embracing TWC’s annual Church Multiplication Sunday event.

If you have any questions, please email Ed Love.

*Currently, this grant applies only for the formation of autonomous churches. Campuses and multisite projects are not eligible for this grant.

Email all documents to Carolyn Little.

Upon approval and receipt of the items above, the CMC will bless you with a check in the name of your church.

Startup Grant Application

Multipliers Church Plant Grant

$4,000 Church Planting Residency Grant

The Church Multiplication Collective of The Wesleyan Church is committed to providing a $4,000 “matching” grant for any church committed to becoming a host site for a church planting residency. *This new grant will be available upon receiving and approving the grant; and as this grant fund allows.

In order to qualify for the Church Plant Residency Startup Grant, church leaders:

  1. Must be a Wesleyan Church in good standing.
  2. Must have local church board (or leadership advisory team) approval.
  3. Must have District Superintendent approval (*DBA approval not necessary).
  4. Must be willing to commit to the residency path for at least one year.
  5. Must include Cultivate Church Planter Training (9 months online) as the content/curriculum for the church planters.
  6. Must be willing to connect residents to a certified/trained Cultivate Coach.
  7. The lead pastor (or designated staff pastor) must be willing to serve as the primary mentor/supervisor for the residents.
  8. Must be willing to find temporary housing for residents.
  9. Must be willing to serve as a sending/parent church for residents.
  10. Must be willing to fulfill the Church Planter Residency outcomes (see below).

Church Planter Residency Objective and Outcomes:

General Objective:

  • Achieve readiness for church planting in the areas of personal growth, emotional intelligence, relational awareness, spiritual growth, theological application, and ministry experience.

Specific Outcomes:

  • Examine call and role in church planting (Church Planter Assessment Center)
  • Identify and affirm leadership gifts and strengths
  • Grow in spiritual formation
  • Practice personal and communal discipleship and evangelism
  • Improve spiritual qualities and healthy family/marriage dynamics
  • Integrate theological training into the practice of ministry
  • Increase competencies in every dimension of ministry
  • Grow in interpersonal relationships and professional skills
  • Develop one (or more) new ministries
  • Grow in demographic and sociological awareness (within the new church plant’s location)
  • Formulate a prayer team strategy
  • Develop vision, mission, and core values of the new church
  • Understand budget and financial systems within a new church
  • Increase cultural diversity awareness and multi-ethnic strategies
  • Increase awareness of effective discipleship and evangelistic strategies for a post-Christian culture
  • Increase awareness of fundraising dynamics and develop a strategy for raising funds for the new church
  • Draft a church plant proposal document

How to Apply: 

Note: Coaching, training, and document resourcing is available for implementing a church planting residency. Please email Ed Love for further start up information.

Please email all documents to Carolyn Little.

*Upon approval and receipt of the items above, the CMC will send you a check in the name of the new church.

Hephzibah 62:4/CMC Church Plant Grant

                         

CHURCH PLANT GRANT PROCESS

Hephzibah62:4 and the Church Multiplication Collective of The Wesleyan Church are partnering to provide $2000 in grant funding for church plants committed to organized ministry which aims to transform the lives of vulnerable children in their local community. These grants are available first come, first served with up to 10 grants awarded annually.

Basic criteria to apply:

  1. Church plant must be registered with The Wesleyan Church, have met all the requirements and be approved for, or previously awarded, the Church Multiplication Collective’s Startup Grant.
  2. Church plant must be no older than 36 months (since official launch date).

In order to qualify for a Hephzibah62:4/Church Multiplication Collective Church Plant Grant:

  1. Register to become an official Hephzibah62:4 Church Partner (Level 2 Momentum Builder or level 3 Momentum Multiplier levels) and agree to fulfill the terms of partnership for a minimum of 3 years: hephzibah.org/partner
  2. Complete the online grant registration form at hephzibah/cmc grant application
  3. Upload a detailed Ministry Plan for transforming the lives of vulnerable children in your local community, based on these guidelines: Ministry Plan Checklist
  4. Ensure the District Superintendent Recommendation Form is submitted for the related church ministry. Important Note: Church is responsible to communicate, make the request and provide the recommendation form to their DS, along with instruction and follow-up to ensure this step has been completed. DS Recommendation
  5. Commit to church leadership team participation in at least one related equipping course or event in the coming year, provided through Hephzibah62:4 Church Partner benefits. A variety of online and in-person opportunities are available and listed at hephzibah.org/partner
  6. Agree to provide at least one related story or testimony annually, that may be used for Wesleyan communications or promotional purposes. This story or testimony may be submitted as part of the Hephzibah62:4 Church Partnership annual renewal process.

Upon receipt and approval of the items listed above, Hephzibah62:4 and The Church Multiplication Collective will each bless you with a $1000 check in the name of the church plant.

Thrive Matching Grant

The CMC is excited to partner with the Education and Clergy Department and offer church planters a matching grant opportunity for $1,500-$2,000 a year for up to three years. Church planters who receive the $4,000 Startup Grant may use those funds as their matching dollars for the first year. Church planters may choose to only tap into this grant fund for one year, or they can continue receiving a grant for $1,500-$2,000 for the following two years by completing the grant requirements. The funds will be sent directly to the church planter and not the church. Please go Thrive Financial Initiative  to review the program requirements and submit your application. If you have any questions, please contact Littlec@Wesleyan.org. When you fill out the application form, your church planter code is: CMAD.

Additional Funding Sources

Most church planters need to develop multiple income streams. Here are some examples:

– Bi-vocational work

– Family and friends who believe in the work you are doing

– Launch team members

– Launch team members’ extended network

– Denominational support

– District support

– Sending church support

– Other churches within the denomination or district

– Other organizational grants 

 

*For additional fund-raising training and resources go HERE

Celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and a church multiples itself, until The Wesleyan Church has a transforming presence in every zipcode.