This phase typically happens 9-12 months before Launch and guides church planters through the legal, financial, and administrative systems of a church.
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Get settled with a home, job, school, etc. Former North American Missions Director, J.T. Pugh, asked church planters to live in their city for up to 12 months before beginning to actively plant a church. The purpose was so they could establish their home, work, schooling, etc., to eliminate distractions that could detract from the work once it began. Additionally, relationships and trust have begun to be built. This creates a personal foundation for success.
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Adopt Chart of Accounts. A chart of accounts is a list of accounts available for recording transactions in the general ledger. Think of it as the filing cabinet for your accounting system. It is used to organize transactions into groups (assets, liabilities, equity, revenue, and expenses). This helps keep track of money coming in and out of the church. Most online bookkeeping plans support up to 250 accounts.
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