Step 5: Funding

For all assessed and approved planters, we offer generous multi-year financial support that aims to supplement other financial streams from denominations, churches, core team members, family members and wherever a church planter feels called to raise funds. This direct “field support” of approved church planters is only possible because of the generous contributions from all Sojourn Network churches.



  1. In order to access our church planting funding, a prospective church planter must first attend our alignment weekend and be invited into our assessment and be “approved” as a Sojourn Network church planter.
  2. Once approved as a planter via our assessment, the planter is eligible to apply for funding and will work with Sojourn Network staff to do so.
  3. Actual funding amounts are announced on an annual basis and communicated directly to the church planter at the beginning of each calendar year.

Frequently asked questions

Does Sojourn Network “earmark” our funding for a church planter?

No. This funding is used at the church planter’s discretion.

Is this funding a grant, a gift, or a loan?

Our funding is a gift. We do not require re-payment except in rare cases.

How much funding do church planters typically receive?

Our church planter funding ranges from $12,000-24,000 annually and can last for up to three years.

From where else do church planters receive funding to support their church plant besides Sojourn Network?

Most church planters fundraise from a variety of sources including other local churches, family, friends, and certainly members of their core or launch teams. Many planters also partner with other denominations who sometimes offer financial resources for new planters. Prayer, faith, and hard work are at the core of raising funds as a church planter, and God is eager to give generously to build his church!



Network (SN)


The planter is responsible for any costs involved in exploring partnership with SN. (i.e., registration and travel costs of the Leader’s Summit, travel to an info dinner, etc.)

Est. Total: $0-1000+ (total will vary based on location of the planter)

SN covers the cost of any exploring resources created (graphics, online resources, etc.) as well as the cost of the regional info dinners

Est. Total: Estimated less than $50/person


The planter is responsible for covering the cost of registration plus all travel/lodging to get to the Alignment Weekend.

Est. Total: $1500/person

SN covers the cost of the event (speaker honorariums, food and drinks for Friday night hangout+breakfast and lunch on Saturday, gifts for attendees, etc.)

Est. Total: $105/person


The planter is responsible for covering travel costs to attend the assessment retreat.

Est. Total: $1000-$1200/person
(total will vary depending on location of the planter)

SN reimburses the planter and his wife for their hotel and covers breakfast, lunch and snacks for the event in addition to gifts for attendees and assessor honorariums.

Est. Total: $500/person



$1500/planter + $6000 startup stipend

Ongoing Funding


Est. Total: $54,000/planter

Process Total

$8,000 - $10,000

$56,000 - $62,000