The First Question to Ask Before You Ask!


Note:  All my life I have had to ask for money…and in the back of my mind has been a reluctance.  A guilt. How could I?  I’m taking away from them! But Alex Wilgus clears this up in the first few minutes of this video below. Simple wisdom.

One of the great challenges for the church planting is finding funds. Questions like, “What does it actually cost to plant a church?” will trouble the mind and the waking thoughts of every planter.  They might go here to read about the variables involved. The Barna Group has a thorough approach here. They also ask five vital questions here.  And their graphic (on the right) is very helpful too. Praise God for the Barna Group.


But no matter the cost of the start-up, it takes leadership, and leadership is always human.  That means they need to have the adequate resources behind them. And too many young church planters charge off on the dream of planting but don’t really spend the time thinking about or raising the funds for the work.  As a result, many of the church plants are under-funded, the church planter is stretched out financially, and the spouse carries the burden of being the bread winner.

Alex Wilgus, Church Planter

Alex Wilgus is a church planter from the Greenhouse movement.  Recently he decided to leave his paying job as a teacher and go ‘full time’ to lead the church plant he had started.  But he took the time to raise the money for the salary that he needed.  How he did it…how long it took…and where he looked for the resources…and what his training was like…are the subject of my interview with Alex a few weeks ago at the Provincial Summit in Wheaton.

It is about 14 minutes and it is worth every minute. Stay to the end because Alex talks about his podcast, Word and Table. Many of my readers will be interested in this.

Enjoy it!


David Roseberry

David Roseberry leads the nonprofit ministry, LeaderWorks. He was the founding rector of Christ Church, Plano, Texas, and is the author of many books. He lives in Plano with his wife, Fran.

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