Writing a Church Planting Proposal

By Mauricio Chenlo
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Every Church Plant should start with a detailed written proposal. Here is an outline for a good proposal.

  1. Why start a New Church?

    • How has God called you to plant a church?

    • What is your vision for a new church?

    • Why another church in this community?

    • Why be a part of the sponsoring organization?

  2. Who is the Ministry Focus Group?

    • Describe in detail the ministry focus group.

    • What are the felt needs of the people of the focus group?

    • Support with data — demographics.

    • Vividly describe the location of the target group.

  3. What kind of a church are we going to plant?

    • State your core values.

    • State and expand your mission statement.

    • What will be the ministry style?

    • Tell how you will make mature disciples starting with the felt needs listed above.

    • How will you be a part of the sponsoring organization?

  4. With whom will you plant this church?

    • Describe your ideal launch team — included gift mix.

    • What will be the profile of a ministry partner?

    • Define the specific roles you need to fill in order to launch.

    • List the team members you will need.

    • Describe how the sponsoring organization can best come along side of you.

  5. How will you gather a group to be a church?

    • Describe how you will meet people.

    • Describe how you will gather people.

    • Describe how you will recruit people to the vision.

  6. Define the critical success indicators at each step of the way.

    • Number of leaders.

    • Signs that the church is functioning as a church outside of worship service.

    • Number of small groups — etc.

    • Number of people in launch team.

    • Roles that must be filled.

  7. When will the church go public?

    • What are the 5 to 8 critical success indicators that must be fulfilled before the church goes public so that the church is really a church?

    • Months from conception to birth.

    • Develop a time line that included incremental steps for items in number 6.

  8. How much will it cost?

    • Include start up budget and expected funding streams.

    • Define funding strategy.












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