LAUNCH STRONG WITH MATCHING FUNDS
FIVE STEPS TO RECEIVING MATCHING FUNDS
Apply for matching funds from CMN and the AGTrust using the link below. Don't worry if you don't have everything together yet. The application is split into multiple phases, and can be saved and returned to at any point in the process.
You can't start too soon. We recommend finishing your application, at minimum, 12 weeks before launch to ensure you receive your funding in time.
2) AG CREDENTIALS
The Church Multiplication Network is the official church planting arm of the Assemblies of God in the United States. In order to receive funding you will need to be credentialed as an AG minister.
3) CMN ASSESSMENT
Taking an assessment is a key component in discovering your strengths and weaknesses as a church planter. In order to qualify for the matching funds you will need to apply for and complete the PAS/Ridley Assessment with a nationally certified assessor.
4) Find a Primary Partner
A Primary Partner commits to stand with you in prayer and support. They provide stewardship of the matching funds in partnership with the planter, and agree to replenish the funds if the church plant is not able to do so. Every Matching Fund Church must have a Primary Partner who agrees to walk with them in the Matching Fund process.
5) Submit your Ministry Plan
A 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 Guide outlines the elements expected in a ministry plan. Ministry plans are submitted during the Matching Fund application.
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+ WHAT IS THE MATCHING FUND?
CMN and the AGTrust financially partner with church planters through the Matching Fund to maximize the launch of new churches.
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.
+ 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, at the discretion of CMN, up to a maximum of $50,000, which the planter agrees to replenish back into the Matching Fund.
The total amount matched is determined by several factors that are evaluated by the CMN funding team.
+ WHAT FACTORS DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING I RECEIVE?
The amount awarded is based on the following factors:
• The church's need for additional funding
• Whether the church is being planted in a top 25 city as identified by CMN
• Environment of the planting location
• Quality of the ministry plan
• Results of the church planter assessment
• Strength of the parent church
• 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.
+ WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF CMN MATCHING FUND CHURCHES?
Matching Fund Churches have a planting success rate of 90%
+ DOES CMN OFFER FUNDING FOR CHURCHES THAT HAVE ALREADY LAUNCHED?
An additional $20,000 is available for property-related expenses to churches that have already received Matching Funds and are still in their first year of operation.
Applicants for post-launch funding must be AG Trust Matching Fund recipients. The amount awarded is added to the church’s current Matching Fund balance to be replenished. To receive post-launch funding, a written request is required. Contact our Matching Fund Coordinator for more information.