What is the Matching Fund?
The Church Multiplication Network and AG Trust want to financially partner with church planters to maximize the launch of new churches. Our Matching Fund is a proven tool that serves as an accelerator to multipliers.
When a church planter receives matching funds, they’re committing to be a part of a national church planting movement. Each dollar replenished into the Matching Fund is immediately turned around and used to fund another church plant. Matching Fund recipients are not simply receiving a one-time gift. They become part of something that God is doing across the country that is helping to reach unchurched and dechurched people.
The Latest Matching Fund Church Statistics*
454 churches have received Matching Funds
101 churches have become Champion Churches
29,589 people have made decisions to follow Christ.
6,667 people have been baptized in water.
3,513 people have experienced Spirit baptism.
$7.8 million has been given to missions.
$5.8 million has been paid forward to new church plants.
*Based on self-reported numbers from Matching Fund churches.
How do I become a Matching Fund church?
Every Assemblies of God church planting project can apply for matching funds during their pre-launch phase. Each church planter has an opportunity for CMN to match funds they have raised, up to $30,000, which they agree to replenish back into the Matching Fund.
If additional funding is necessary for the launch of a healthy church, CMN may award up to $15,000 in additional matching funds. Awarding of these additional funds is based on the following factors:
- The church's need for additional funding
- Whether the church is being planted in a top ten city as identified by CMN
- Environment of the planting location
- Quality of the ministry plan
- Availability of funds
What is a Champion Church?
Once a Matching Fund Church replenishes the funds that they were awarded from the Matching Fund, they become a Champion Church. Champion Churches continue to give 1% of their church's income to CMN to further the cause of seeing a healthy church in every community. Our Champion Churches are our most valued partners. They are those who have risen to the challenge of planting a healthy church and committed their time, energy, and income to seeing the Kingdom of God grow in the United States.
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Important Qualification Changes
For all applications for churches launching after January 1, 2017, the following qualification changes will be in effect:
- The new church is expected to give 10% monthly on the total income from undesignated tithes and offerings to replenish the matching funds received. The replenishment process will be administered by CMN.
- If you are receiving funds from another church planting organization, you are not eligible to receive CMN matching funds.
If you have any questions related to the Matching Fund, contact Travis Skavhaug.
Four entities involved in the Matching Fund process:
Lead planter: This refers to the church plant team leader and/or Campus Pastor. The Lead planter will be specifically named on the Matching Fund application. Other team members do not need to be named at this time.
Donor: This refers to a person or organization that contributes to the Lead planters funding. This can be given as cash-on-hand or as a faith promise to be given in the next 12 months.
Partner: This refers to a person or organization that agrees to replenish the Matching Funds in the event the Lead planter is unable to complete the replenishment. The Lead planter and the Partner(s) cannot be the same person.
The Church Multiplication Network: This refers to the organization that is providing the Matching Funds.
List of qualifications:
Lead planter has Assemblies of God credentials in good standing.
- During the application process, the Lead planter must complete a background check and submit a credit report to CMN. This requirement will be waived if either of the following has occurred within the last two (2) years:
- The Lead planter was newly granted Assemblies of God credentials.
- The Lead planter advanced to the next level of credentials (i.e. moved from Certified to Licensed or Licensed to Ordained).
- Lead planter and/or planting team has developed a partnership with a district, parent church, or collaborative group of churches.
- The church plant must result in a church as defined by the General Council of the Assemblies of God. A completed application must include the date in which the New Churches Opened form or Parent Affiliated Church Charter form was submitted by the District to the General Council.
- Lead planter has been assessed by a nationally certified assessor using the Profile Assessment System (PAS/Ridley) or a district process that has been nationally approved. Note: We recommend starting by contacting your District. If you have further questions about whether an assessment meets this qualification, email our Matching Fund Specialist.
- Lead planter (and spouse, if applicable) has completed CMN Launch or a district training that has been nationally approved. Note: We strongly recommend a CMN Launch event. If you have further questions about whether another training meets this qualification, email our Matching Fund Specialist.
- The lead planter and/or planting team will present a ministry plan describing their strategy for starting the new church. Please refer to the CMN Ministry Plan Rubric. A CMN Ministry Plan will give a clear picture of your community and your church to people who may not know you, your community, or church. The CMN Ministry Plan Rubric describes the elements expected in a ministry plan and how the ministry plan will be evaluated.
- A Parent Affiliated Church (PAC) applying for Matching Funds must submit a copy of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that clearly outlines the relationship and expectations between the Parent Church and the Parent Affiliated Church. Please see our PAC Resources, make sure to look through the sample MOUs and Crucial Parent Church Questions.
- New church plants are eligible to apply for the Matching Funds during the start-up phase (approval must be obtained prior to the date of the launch of public services) of the church planting project. The partner and church planter will determine when to apply for the funds. We require that you submit your application a minimum of twelve (12) weeks prior to the public launch date of your church plant. This will ensure that CMN has ample time to process your application.
- CMN’s ability to award Matching Funds is dependent upon several factors:
- (1) you submit a completed application with corresponding documents;
- (2) CMN reviews your application and gives phase one approval;
- (3) the AG Executive Leadership Team gives final approval for Matching Funds to be awarded. In the event that funds are not available at the time of your approval, your application will be placed on a waiting list. If funds become available between the time you are notified of your final approval and your first public launch service, you will be awarded Matching Funds. Because Matching Funds are intended to be used for the purposes of maximizing your launch, you will no longer be eligible for funds after your first public launch service. If you feel the success of your launch is strongly dependent upon the receipt of Matching Funds, you can post-pone the launch of your church plant in order to wait for funds to become available. However, your approved application will only be kept on the waiting list for a period of sixty (60) days after final approval is awarded from the AG Executive Leadership Team. Following the 60 day waiting period, you can re-apply for Matching Funds if desired.
- Lead planter will agree to participate in a minimum of one coaching/mentoring session per month with a partner approved coach/mentor.
- At least 50% of the donor funds must be actual cash. The other 50% may be signed pledges for a maximum period of 12 months. You must submit bank statements and, if needed, donor pledge information, verifying the amounts raised and requested.
- Donor funds must include finances raised directly by the planter utilizing his or her own personal network.
- The planting team must participate in partner approved “next step training” events during the fund replenishment period.
- The partner(s) and planting team must sign an agreement that in the event the church is unable to replenish the Matching Funds, the partner(s) will be responsible to replenish the balance of the Matching Fund amount. In the event there are multiple partners, one individual/organization must be designated as the Primary Partner. The Primary Partner would become responsible for managing the relationship among all other partners (a.k.a. Secondary Partner(s)). Ultimately, the Primary Partner is responsible for ensuring the Matching Funds are replenished in the event the church plant is unable to do so.
- The new church is expected to give 10% monthly on the total income from undesignated tithes and offerings to replenish the Matching Funds received. The replenishment process will be administered by CMN.
- Once the original investment has been replenished in the Matching Fund, the newly planted church will agree to continue to invest one percent (1%) of their annual income in perpetuity to CMN.
- If you are receiving funds from another church planting organization, you are not eligible to receive CMN Matching Funds. If additional funding is necessary for the launch of a healthy church, CMN may award up to $15,000 in additional Matching Funds. Awarding of these funds is based on the following factors: the need for additional funding, whether the church is being planted in a Top 10 city as identified by CMN, environment of the planting location, quality of the ministry plan, and availability of funds.