Recently, someone who knew I was starting a church, asked me how much money does it take to start a church. I told him that it depends on a number of factors.
You have to consider things like: what type facilities are you going to be renting for your weekly service? Will it be furnished? Is there a sound system? Are you planning on having a projection system? Will you have any paid staff to start? What will you do about computers? How much will it cost to furnish the Children's Area? Will you need a trailer to carry all the stuff you rent or buy? How much will your materials cost for Home Groups? This list could go on and on but I think you get the point.
Anyway, we have decided to focus on some key things at the beginning of our church start. Our main focus is the following aspects: Home Group Fellowship, Children, Youth, College, and Corporate Worship Time.
Having nailed that down, then we had to look and say what are they key elements we need to start? Then we proceeded from there. We wanted to avoid being in heavy debt so we have focused on the basics. Don't get me wrong we are going to do ministry in an excellent way but we did not want to start out way over our head.
So for us that number is $18,000. It will take us about $18000 to start a church. That covers facility rental, sound system, projection system, children's area, computers,materials for home groups, web design and more. The cool thing is that I have hardly shared this with anyone and so far we have had over $5000 given to the church. I am amazed at what God is doing and is going to do. My goal is for us to start into our first week and be completely debt free right from the start.