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:

$4,000 Startup Church Plant Grant

The 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.

$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 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 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.

$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.

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.