Anglican institutional churches often shutter at the thought of giving away people & possessions and sharing property with the church plants.
After all, isn't it just too expensive to fund a church planter and underwrite a church plant, not to mention the people that will "leak" out from our church if we give them away.
According to Terry Gyger, this kind of thinking is very short sighted.
At the Anglican 1000 conference, Rev. Gyger from City to City pointed out how church planting brings huge resources into our cities and communities.
Consider the following comparison.
An investor has two decisions to make.
First, he can invest in providing funding to ten non-profit ministries either globally or locally at 10,000.00 per ministry for three years. His total investment will total 300,000 dollars.
Second, he can invest in a church plant for three years at 300,000. Out of this investment, he will see a new church that will begin, as part of its outreach to the local & global world, to invest non-profits and the multiplication of new churches that will invest in non-profits and the multiplication of new churches.
Gyger pointed this out in a session titled Churches planting churches.
So, from an investment standpoint how much sense does it make for large churches to ignore a facet of growth that multiplies ones investment exponentially.
Put in a grossly simple way, if you had two choices which would you make:
Putting 1,000 dollars into the purchase of buttons for your church
Putting 1,000 dollars into the purchase of a button making machine that will yield thousands and thousands of buttons for your church.
Now, to be clear, neither Gyger, or I am saying that we ought not to invest in global and local non-profit ministries. However, we ought not to exclude church planting as part of our investment portfolio as churches.