Church planters can often benefit from a transition period into church planting in which they are spiritually housed by a host or parent church with a one-year residency. This is a time to gain additional ministry experience, receive support, develop relationships and begin more intentional planning for the church plant.
In order to encourage churches to consider hosting a church planting resident, the Nehemiah Project seeks to provide up to $15,000 to host churches to cover associated costs.
Churches desiring to participate in disciple-making and kingdom advancement through church planting can begin the church planting process by hosting a 1-year residency for a church planter. Eligible churches can receive up to $15,000 to help with the cost of paying for the residency (assuming funds are available). Additional grants are available for subsequent church plants, but the parent church can only receive one residency grant for each church it starts.
The following qualifications must be met to be eligible:
The resident must be approved for church planting with Resonate and be fully intent on beginning the church planting process, especially towards the end of the year residency if not sooner.
The resident must have a job description that has been worked out and agreed upon with the parent church.
The Nehemiah Project does not specify a particular model of church planting, so various models will be considered. Innovative approaches to ministry are encouraged.
The grants are for the parent church and will be paid out to the parent church to help with costs of the residency.
Co-vocational and full-time ministry planting are both encouraged and will be eligible for the same amount.
Daughter churches must affirm the values of the Nehemiah Project (see below)
Residency host churches are encouraged to think about how they can support the planter, residency and eventual church through any means possible. Parent churches are encouraged to support the planter financially if possible. Other means of assistance can include:
admin help (accounting, receiving donations, securing loans, etc…)
ministry opportunities and experience
potential core-group members who will be sent out with the planter, etc…
Gospel Centered - the good news centered in Jesus Christ is the central theme and message of the church, its community life, its witness and its worship.
Emotional and spiritual health - churches are committed to deep-down discipleship that results in spiritual and emotional maturity
Innovation; fresh expressions of church and ministry are welcome; there is freedom to experiment (and fail).
Multiplication and reproduction at every level. Success is not defined by numbers but by ever increasing capacity to raise leaders and impact lives through discipleship. Ministries commit to reproducing every 5 years.
Radical generosity, commitment to furthering the movement. Churches will tithe out from the very beginning to outside ministry, will commit to paying classical ministry shares upon organizing, and will set aside funds for church planting to be used within five years.
Equipping people for the full spectrum of gifts with the full power of the Spirit (APEST leadership model).
Missional; helping the church look beyond its walls to the needs of the community and world
Contextualization: What does the good news (and discipleship, outreach, worship, etc…) need to look like for the Gospel to be good news in your local context? You need to speak the language of the people in your neighborhood.
To apply for a church planting residency grant, contact the Nehemiah Project Team.