We raised $150,000 when we launched our church in Montreal, Canada in 2015. And we will never forget those who sowed that finance.
However I think it cost nearly $250,000 to do what was in our heart to do. And we personally would have invested that much and more ourselves. We left our paid positions and transitioned the church we had founded of 10 years one whole year before we planted our church. If you begin to think about the costs involved to support our family for a year before a church even began, what it took to relocate our whole family overseas, set up home in a brand new country with only 6 suitcases each, shop for winter clothes, cover schooling and invest ourselves into our church plant. It took our everything! It required some of our own personal inheritance from Andrew’s dad who had recently passed away, our ‘holiday pay’ at the end of our employment, every last ounce of savings, an incredible offering from our church who was letting us go even with all their own questions, and of course once we had committed and poured in of our own livelihood then amazing friends and partners around the world investing into our lives personally.
“At that time there was a man named Manoah from Zorah from the tribe of Dan. His wife was barren and childless. The angel of God appeared to her and told her, “I know that you are barren and childless, but you’re going to become pregnant and bear a son. But take much care: Drink no wine or beer; eat nothing ritually unclean. You are, in fact, pregnant right now, carrying a son. No razor will touch his head—the boy will be God’s Nazirite from the moment of his birth. He will launch the deliverance from Philistine oppression.”
Judges 13:2-5 MSG
There was a cost to nurturing God’s redemptive plan of deliverance! It cost this woman to carry this solution. What are you pregnant with? And what price are you willing to pay to carry this well?
First time around as a launch, I don’t believe that people invest into a vision. I believe that they invest in a person who has personally invested into a vision. No matter how compelling the vision is, if it doesn’t have the personal story of personal sacrifice to it, then it will just remain a disconnected vision.
That’s why yesterday I encouraged your voice in the process. Whether it be a church, a business or a new you … people will ‘buy into’/invest into/stand alongside YOU! If they know you are willing to do whatever it takes. They invest into the story, the why, the unfolding journey. They want to watch you sacrifice and count the cost. Before they will ever partner with you, pioneer with you or pray with you, they need to know the ‘why’ and the story. Where did this begin for you? What was it the Jesus spoke? You need to always know this yourself (of course), but I also believe storytelling is the way people hear your heart. So don’t be afraid to share the story of your own personal sacrifice.
And new church planter … you will never forget who invested into what was in your heart. You actually carry them with you all the days that you continue. But I really believe that it is your own level of sacrifice that attracts other people’s investment.
What are you actually willing to invest yourself into this launch season? What is it going to cost you? Are you willing to count the cost? Do you know what it will really take? What are you prepared to go without? Yes trusting and knowing that God is more than able to bring return to your sacrifice. However it requires your ALL!
Tomorrow I will share with a certain level of vulnerability all the risk of asking people to invest into you. However I do not believe you have any right to even ask if you will not first invest into this launch yourself.
So what are you going to invest?