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Resources For Starting A New Church

Literature

CHURCH PLANTING FOR A GREATER HARVEST (C. Peter Wagner)

Discusses:

  • How to lay the spiritual and practical groundwork
  • Ways to target and attract the people you want to reach
  • Twelve proven methods for starting a new work
  • Instruction on how to build an effective nucleusStarting a Church

STARTING  A NEW CHURCH: THE CHURCH PLANTER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESS (Ralph Moore)

Highlights:

  • Excellent overview of the elements that create an effective service
  • Practical insights on the nuts and bolts of starting a new work from inception to maintaining and growing
  • Each chapter concludes with a church planter’s checklist to give concrete application for the information presented

PLANTING MISSIONAL CHURCHES (Ed Stetzer)

Although academically oriented, this is an invaluable resource for church planters in our community.

Strengths:

  • Discusses new ways of “doing church” in a postmodern society
  • Pertinent topics covered: finding a location, choosing a name and logo, finding and handling finances, and determining church polity

Websites

www.startchurch.com -- Provides resources dealing with the legal aspect of starting a church as well as providing regional seminars on the church and the IRS.

Materials offered on the site cover:

  • How to Incorporate Your Church or Ministry
  • How To Apply For a Tax ID (F.E.I.N)
  • How To Write Your Constitution and By-Laws
  • How To Make Your Church a 501c (3) 
  • How To License Ministers Through Your Church

www.newchurches.com -- excellent free downloads of resources and tools including:

  • Church Launch Plan Checklist
  • Sample Launch Plan
  • Developing A Philosophy of Ministry
  • Facility Selections Guidelines

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