Dreaming Big on a Shoestring Budget

Episode 634: Can a church-planter or team dream big on a shoestring budget? Co-hosts Clint Clifton and Todd Adkins explain why being “under-resourced” actually is a big advantage.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Why being “under-resourced” actually is helpful for a church-planting team
  • How a “we can if …” map can help you and a team process through a problem
  • How vision clarity and focus made a difference in how churches weathered the Covid crisis
  • Why attendance isn’t engagement, and engagement isn’t discipleship
  • Which comes first: clear vision or adequate resources

Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

Being “under-resourced” actually is helpful because it forces conversations and choices that are really healthy, long term versus perpetuating things that are not essential. @Todd Adkins

Being “under-resourced” causes you to boil down to essentials. @ClintJClifton

There’s a huge lie out there that in order to be creative and innovative, I need unlimited time and unlimited resources. You actually will be much better off having finite time and finite resources. @Todd Adkins

It’s easier and it’s more fun to attempt great things for the Lord on on a limited budget. Your resource “poverty” can actually be an advantage when it comes to growth. In our day, people are really skeptical of the big, wealthy and powerful. That gives a scrappy upstart an advantage over the well-funded franchise. @ClintJClifton

You can actually capitalize on the advantages that have been given to you as a church planter on a shoestring budget if you will just simply own it and and live in that reality. You should not see your your “poverty” as as a disadvantage, but as an advantage. @ClintJClifton

Clear vision always is followed by a sufficient resourcing. @ClintJClifton

We have measured attendance and called it engagement, and measured engagement and called it discipleship. @Todd Adkins

When we have a clear and compelling vision about what it is that we’re doing, then resources flow. If we focus on the resources and say, “Why don’t we have the resources?”, then the resources don’t necessarily come very easily. @ClintJClifton

When we’re headed in a direction that pleases the lord and that makes sense to the people who are around us, people are happy to be generous. @ClintJClifton

I want you to dream big even if you’re on a shoestring budget, especially if you’re planting a church. @ClintJClifton 

If you are feeling under-resourced, you’re really under-inspiring, because there are people around you who have the ability to resource you. They just aren’t sure it is a good stewardship. @ClintJClifton

If people are serving in your church, they’re actually more likely to give – not only of their time but of their money as well. @Todd Adkins

As people come in and begin to serve, that’s when they put more skin in the game. @Todd Adkins

The clearer, the more compelling, the bigger your dream, the more easily donors will give to see that accomplished. If you’re lamenting the size of your budget and seeing that as the limitation to what you can do for the kingdom, you’re thinking of it backwards. @ClintJClifton

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Published January 20, 2022

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