The average new church will cost $100K to get started, but it doesn’t have to cost that much. Below are a few tips to keep it affordable:
1. Buy used equipment: Buying used equipment is a great way to save money. It doesn’t look as clean and the quality might not be as great, but in our economy today people would rather see a more simple set up rather than experiencing the benefits of top quality.
2. Meet in multipurpose buildings: We meet at a school here in Austin and our weekly rent our first year was $240.
3. Relational events: So often we spend money in ministry on events, however, a lot of ministry events can happen on a smaller scale in homes and sometimes have a stronger influence. Our first year’s budget was $140K and most of ministry was driven through relationships instead of expensive events.
4. Less marketing: We spend 3-5K a year in marketing. It is good to “touch” the community once or twice a year, but in general most marketing will either be overlooked or draw people to your church that you don’t want.
5. Less branding: Do you really need a pen with your church logo? Save the money and buy regular pens.
You might not read this in every book on how to start a church, but in our economy today there are a lot of creative things you can do and be just as effective in ministry.
Year One: $140K
Year Two: $170K
Year Three: Goal, $206K