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How Are Church Planters Best Funded? Big Study Offers Ideas

By October 10, 2016 No Comments

by Warren Bird

• What are church planters concerned about? Finances are one of the three top concerns for 73% of them.

• How many church planters have “considerable friction” in their marriages about finances? One third (35%).

• What are some solutions to better fund today’s growing movement of new churches? A new Barna Report produced in partnership with Thrivent Financial has 95 pages of fresh answers — research, charts, diagrams and commentary.

Subtitled “The Myths and Realities of Church Planters and Their Finances,” this timely download uncovers many previously unknown financial realities faced by church planters and those who help sponsor them.

For an overview of the findings, see the short video in this blog where David Kinnaman, President of the Barna Group, talks from his office with yours truly, from my hotel room:

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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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