Show Me The Money: How to raise money for a church plant

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Featuring Phil Ling, Sean Cronin & Patrick Bradley

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Episode 7 — Show Me The Money: How to raise money for a church plant.

Rarely do church planters sign up to start a church because of the fundraising opportunities.

Nobody likes asking people for money to support a church that doesn’t even exist yet, but for most church planters fundraising is a necessity.

So how do you do it? How do you develop financial partners to fund the vision God’s given you?

Featured Guest

Phil Ling

Founder, The Ling Group

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guest

Phil Ling

As a church planter, business entrepreneur and sixth generation ministry leader, Phil Ling provides energetic leadership and strategic direction to The Ling Group and The Giving Church consulting team. His expertise in building networks and developing resources to establish and strengthen congregations and non-profit organizations is a hallmark of his ministry and is an unparalleled asset to the clients he serves. Prior to launching his own consulting firm, Phil served as Vice President of Development for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, representing Franklin Graham, the President and CEO. Phil led a team of individuals with the responsibility of donor relations, underwriting of the annual operating budget that exceeded 130 million dollars, developing major donor strategies, Foundation interaction, and developing strategic partnerships. Preceding joining the executive leadership of BGEA, Phil served as Executive Vice President of INJOY Stewardship Services, representing the founder, Dr. John C. Maxwell, and the INJOY Group in the largest churches in America. Under Phil’s leadership, his mega-church teams successfully helped 350 churches raise in excess of 600 million dollars. Phil has 21 years of pastoral experience. Prior to serving INJOY, Phil successfully launched two dynamic ministries over a twenty-year span. The most recent, he served as founding pastor of the Northshore Christian Church (WA), and founder of Northshore Christian Academy. Under his leadership the church grew to nearly 2,500 in weekly attendance and the school became one of the largest private primary education institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Phil also served as Senior Minister of the historic Broadway Christian Church, Lexington, KY. Phil received a Master of Ministry degree from Kentucky Christian University and is a highly sought after speaker and ministry teacher. He is married to Georgia Curtis Ling , they have a son and daughter-in-law Philip and Lauren MacGrath Ling.

Dr. Melissa Patton

Dr. Melissa Patton serves as the Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation. She is an impassioned educator as well as an innovative and thriving entrepreneur. Melissa has devoted a lifetime to assisting people to better understand their purpose and potential through the vehicles of education, business development, and strategic planning. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Drake University, a master’s degree in community counseling from Concordia University, and a doctor of education degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University. She's married to Pastor Stanley and they have two sons Micah and Mason Patton.


Sean Cronin

Sean Cronin works on staff with Passion for Planting — training, supporting, and equipping church planters. He also serves in various roles at New Life Christian Church located in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. He's a graduate of Ozark Christian College and Cincinnati Bible Seminary where he studied church planting and leadership. He then put his education to work by helping start churches in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. And yes, still roots for the Bills.

Elijah Shamenda

Elijah Shamenda is the Lead pastor of Resurgence City in Buffalo NY. He is passionate about discipleship, revival, and multi-ethnic ministry. His heart for seeing communities push past the barriers that at times hold people back from experiencing the fullness of what Christ has for them is what makes his heart beat, and why he felt led to plant in the city of Buffalo. He is married to Jaynee Shamenda she is a Buffalo public school teacher and is the children's director at Resurgence City. They are the proud parents of Justus Shamenda their son. His other passions are food, sports, the creative arts, and movies his favorite being Mary Poppins (ask him about it sometime).

Patrick Bradley

An experienced practitioner in the practical nuts & bolts of planting churches, Patrick has directly supported scores of church planters since 2007. As a project manager for Passion for Planting, he walks alongside church planters during their 7- to 10-month prelaunch phase, helping them with everything from filing formation paperwork to plotting strategies and creating healthy systems for the new church. He helps planters put wheels on their vision so that it becomes reality.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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