Episode 65: Self-Sufficiency, Survivability, and Financial Expectations

Self-sufficiency, survivability, and the financial expectations for a new church.

In Episode 65 of the New Churches Q&A Podcast, we talk about self-sufficiency for new churches. Here is Seth Major’s question,

How do you value and classify the self-sufficiency of a church? In order for a church to be self-sufficient what expenses need to be covered? And can self-sufficiency take place even if a church is renting space or if the pastor is not making a full-time salary?

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The difference between the three-self church in the West versus China
  • The definition of self-sufficiency
  • How bivocational planting relates to self-sufficiency

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating.”
  • “You can be a bivocational planter and also be self-sufficient as a church.”
  • “It takes longer to get to self-sufficiency when you have full-time paid clergy.”
  • “The missiological goal is self-sufficiency and reproduction.”

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