Essentials including Steps to Start, Demographics and Funding Models
This document provides a succinct overview of the general steps that are needed when a congregation intends to partner with the Texas District in planting a church.
This study, offered by Experian Marketing Systems through MissionInsite, is a very powerful tool available in detail to incorporated congregations of the Texas District.
In order to be in mission in our communities, it is helpful to learn how to exegete our culture in order speak the Gospel into it.
Essentials to Incorporate and Charter an LCMS Congregation
- Incorporating in Texas. Make a copy of this completed form for your records and for obtaining a bank account; submit the completed form to the Secretary of State in order to incorporate.
- Getting your Federal Tax ID number. This is a recommended step for every church plant.
- LCMS Treasurer’s Manual to find complete information about accounting and legal matters related to your church start.
- Steps to take in order to achieve 501(c)3 Status.
- Group Tax Exempt Ruling (letter) for LCMS congregations.
- Steps to Chartering a Congregation in the LCMS-Summary Page From the LCMS Handbook: This is information concerning Membership and Eligibility and Admission of Congregations into the Synod.
- Congregation Constitution & Bylaws Checklist and information about submitting it for approval.
Project Management Tools and Checklists for Church Planters
- Stadia Free Resources includes planting timelines, budget worksheets, brochure templates, and more.
- Converge an online user community, has free project management software for church planters with a basic timeline or pay a small fee for a more detailed timeline.
- Nuts and Bolts has sample plant plans for reference from congregations outside the LCMS.
- Church Planting Net offers free project management software for church planter and free downloads on a variety of topics relevant to church planters.
A Few Samples of Church Plant Development
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