Financing Ministry in the Expensive Urban Core

Episode 716

Raising funds for a church plant in the expensive urban core of a city poses many challenges – among them the task of financing the ministry. Host Ed Stetzer talks with James Roberson and Taylor Field about their planting experiences in New York City.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The “three self formula” of planting indigenous churches
  • How starting with a nonprofit can help structure your approach
  • The importance of depending only on the God who called you
  • How facilities factor into the equation
  • Ways to prioritize missions giving in church planting

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

The way we got our apartment was our sending church co-signed for us. It was 600 square feet and we paid close to $3,000 a month for that. — James Roberson

We call it the “F word.” No one wants to talk about finances but it’s really important. — Taylor Field

Play the cards you’re dealt and focus on that. People always ask, “How many sources do you have?” We say, “One source, many channels.” We do have many challenges but it’s one source: our Heavenly Father. — Taylor Field

Your confidence must be categorically in God, because if it’s not, then you’re going to be depending on Big Bucks Tabernacle to fund you. I literally had individual, single-parent moms give me more than huge name churches. — James Roberson

You can’t get into that corrosive mentality of “You owe me.” You’ve got to know that God called you and He will fund what He’s called you to. Once you’re convinced of that, no city can stop the call of God. — James Roberson

What we said was “Lord, we don’t want to be a sofa. We want want to be a launching pad.” One of the root words for “salvation” in the Hebrew is “make a space for.” Having a space helped us become a launching pad. — Taylor Field

It’s important for church planters, especially in the urban core, to look beyond our own self-interest as a church. — Taylor Field

Published November 8, 2022

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