Dec 22, 2014


Greenbacks Needed: Finding the Best Funding Streams for Planting Collegiate Churches

In any conversation about church planting, funding streams are extremely important. This is especially true when planting on a college campus. In this roundtable talk, Bryan Wiles (h2o), Keith Wieser (Resonate), and Stephen Ward (Pinnacle), candidly discuss the funding models employed in their respective ministries, and share how they are working to create sustainability.

Bryan Wiles (Pastor – h2o Bowling Green – Bowling Green, OH)
Keith Wieser (Lead Pastor – Resonate Church – Pullman, WA)
Stephen Ward (Lead Pastor – Pinnacle Church – Spokane, WA)

Key Points:

  • When planting a college ministry, consider a fundraising model that involves multiple streams of support, including internal giving (tithes), alumni, and outside partners (individuals, churches, organizations).
  • There are advantages and disadvantages to partnerships with both individuals and churches for financial support. Diligence in developing relationships and managing them well is vital.
  • Every church planter or ministry starter must be able and willing to devote time and energy to raising support on some level.

Questions to consider:

  • From what sources does your ministry receive its financial support? Are there any opportunities to reach additional funding streams?
  • To what extent do you agree/disagree with the assertion that there is a correlation between a planter’s ability to raise financial support and their ability to lead others in discipleship?
  • In what ways can you help your students develop faithful giving habits as a discipline, rather than solely giving to specific events, causes, or campaigns?

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Collegiate Collective

Collegiate Collective is working to elevate and advance the gospel on all college campuses globally by equipping, resourcing, and networking the leaders who are engaged in or interested in reaching students. It is a one-stop-shop for all things related to college ministry.