New Church Sponsorship Worksheet

 

New Church Sponsorship Criteria, Church of the Nazarene: A church that devotes substantial amounts of evangelistic energy and resources into new church sponsorship will receive special notation in the Assembly Journal and within computerized data system at Headquarters.
Church sponsorship is understood to be a local church taking the initiative in starting and at least partially supporting the formation of a congregation that has the goal of becoming a fully organized church. Also, a church may be granted sponsorship status by positively responding to the district's appeal for support.
Sponsorship status will be conferred on churches meeting at least one of the following sets of criteria, and may be recorded on the Pastor's Report form and on the Church Directory Sheet for the district journal.
1) Core Group sponsorship: A number of lay people equal to at least 10% of the previous year's average worship attendance is "given" to the new church. (The minimum requirement would be 6 adults; the maximum requirement would be 100.) This confers sponsorship status for the assembly year in which the people are transferred to the new work and the following assembly year, and may be recorded on the Pastor's Report form and on the Church Directory Sheet for the district journal.
2) Financial sponsorship: Actual cash is provided, either directly to the new congregation or as payment of the new group's obligations (including new church leadership), equal to 2% of the previous year's Raised for All Purposes. This confers sponsorship status for each year that these criteria are met, and may be recorded on the Pastor's Report form and on the Church Directory Sheet for the district journal.
3) Gifts in Kind sponsorship: Documented support* is provided to the new congregation equal to 3% of the previous years Raised for all Purposes. This support may be the contribution and/or use of church equipment (chairs, vans, buses, hymnals) or church facilities (often done in multi-congregational settings) or any other means that provides tangible help to the new group or to the pastoral family (food poundings, clothing, etc.) This confers sponsorship status for each year that these criteria are met, and may be recorded on the Pastor's Report form and on the Church Directory Sheet for the district journal.
*Maintain a list of all Gifts in Kind with an estimated value for each item.
Church Name*
Pastor's Name*
Assembly Year*
Core Group Sponsorship, Box (a): Last year's reported worship attendance*
Core Group Sponsorship, Box (b): Number of persons commissioned to help launch the new congregation*
Is box (b) larger than 100? If "yes," then this church is a Core Group Sponsor.*
Box (c): If box (b) was less than 100 but included at least 6 adults continue. Multiple line (b) by 5 and insert that number here.*
Did your church qualify as a Core Group Sponsor last assembly year?*
Is line (c) greater than or equal to line (a)? If so, then this church is a Core Group Sponsor. Indicate (Y/N) here and also record on the Pastor's Report form and on the Church Directory Sheet for the District Journal.*
Financial Sponsorship:
Box (d): Last year's reported raised for all purposes*
Box (e): Multiply line (d) by .02 (or divide line (d) by 50)*
Box (f): Cash contributions to the new work this assembly year: (including payments made on behalf of the new work this year)*
Is line (f) is greater than or equal to line (e)? If "yes," then this church is a Financial Sponsor. If so indicate below and record on the Pastor's Report form and on the Church Directory Sheet for the District Journal.*
Gifts In-Kind Sponsorship
Box (g): Last year's reported raised for all purposes*
Box (h): Multiply line (g) by .03 (or divide line (g) by 100 and multiply by 3)*
Box (i): Fair market value of goods and services provided to the new work this assembly year*
Is line (i) is greater than or equal to line (h)? If "yes," then this church is a Gifts in kind sponsor. If so indicate below and record on the Pastor's Report form and on the Church Directory Sheet for the District Journal.*
Please initial this box to verify all information is correct.*
Name of Individual Submitting this Form *
First Name
Middle
Last Name
Email of submitting individual*
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