STARTING A CHURCH? DON'T DO IT ALONE

Reflecting on 2022

By Ashley White

The holidays are often a time of joy and anticipation, but for many, they are also filled with busyness, reflection, and sometimes a sense of unmet expectation. The beginning of a new year can feel like a clean slate and an opportunity to change or accomplish something new. But oftentimes, the year starts, time moves even more quickly than before, and we get caught up in everything we do each day. Then, before we know it, the end of the year is here all over again, and the things we hoped to see come to pass are still living in our hearts and minds. And maybe you are in a season of being on the verge, the one where there is a small voice inside calling you to your next step, and you know you cannot stay still, and that knowledge makes this year the biggest one yet. 

Wherever you are today, I am here to encourage you. Every single day, we talk to men and women who have dreams and callings. From those who are being led to start a church in a new city, to those whose passion is digital ministry and are called to evangelize online but don’t know how to start, to those who know that their purpose is to realize a need in the community, StartCHURCH has had the honor of coming alongside these Kingdom builders for the past 20 years, and we hope to do so for the next 20 years to come. 

As you look towards 2023, I want to share some practical ways that StartCHURCH exists to serve you. 

First and foremost, we are here to validate the call in your life. So often, the call to ministry can be both the most exciting and challenging season for a planter. From questions of “why me?” and “what if I fail?” to doubts and questions from the people around us, this time can feel tinged with uncertainty and fear. But the Word tells us in Acts 1:8 that the Holy Spirit will come upon us and give us the power we need. And we are reminded again in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. So today, we want to encourage you to take heart! While this call on your life is not easy, it is truly a great one, and we are here to help you see it come to pass. 

Next, we are here to provide you with the team you need to succeed. Did you know that church planters founded StartCHURCH for church planters, and even now, 20 years later, our leadership team is filled with men and women who have walked in your shoes? Because we have been where you are, our teams are dedicated to serving you in this unique journey. From our compliance experts who take the complexity and stress out of getting your articles of incorporation filed, bylaws established, 501(c)(3), and tax-exempt status granted to our expert bookkeepers who specialize in church and ministry finances, our teams are designed to feel like an extension of your own team and vision. 

We are also committed to giving you all the resources you need to succeed through our blogs, podcasts, and webinars. These free, on-demand resources are available at the click of a button and contain the content you need to understand the ins and outs of church planting, the legal compliance process, and ways to grow and help you stay encouraged. 

And lastly, StartCHURCH has made it our mission to equip you through tools and technology. Our cloud software is the one-stop toolkit for managing every part of your ministry. Every document, how to start and run a benevolence program, how to run a board meeting…you name it, is all there. 

And if you are like most of us and need to see and hear to learn, then our video courses are for you. We teach you to launch, lead, ordain and maintain a financially healthy church through engaging, relevant videos guided by a church planter like you. 

And lastly, our newest resource, Launch Halo, is here to completely change the church planting world. Todays only guide from calling to first service is built with customizable church planting plans, easy-to-follow to-do lists, curated content based on over 20 years of real-world church planting experience and combined with a date-driven and easy-to-use dashboard that makes Launch Halo everything you need to launch your plant with confidence. 

We are so thankful for the opportunity to serve you, and it is our sincere prayer that you continue to see God’s faithful hand in your life in 2023. If we can help you in any of the ways I mentioned above, or if you need prayer or support, please click the button below to schedule some time with one of our ministry specialists. 

Blessings! 

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