Count The Cost
Count the Cost was developed by California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Director Bill Agee to assist healthy churches, churches needing revitalization, and new church plants.
The process is based on Luke 14:28: "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it ... ."
Benefits to Churches
Count the Cost helps churches get ahead by providing a glimpse into the future, showing potential dangers and helping map out a plan to achieve the vision. By using Count the Cost, a church will not only know what they are starting with and what they hope to end with, but they also see what the middle looks like, according to Agee. "If you know what the middle looks like, the entire church planting or revitalization process is easier."
Areas covered by the two-day Count the Cost training include determining the current reality of the church, dreaming where the church could be in five years, a month-by-month plan to get to that dream, and consulting to address the first "rock" keeping the congregation from growing.
Two of the greatest deliverables from completing a "Count the Cost" plan are:
A month-to-month breakdown of where God can take you on the journey.
A growth plan, based on projections, detailing how many relationships must be established and when, and how many church leaders need to be trained for service and when.
Agee noted Count the Cost is comprehensive so "nothing catches you by surprise; you can see the numbers from start to finish."
The Count the Cost Workshop is built around the theme of “Getting Started Well With Count the Cost.” Topics to be covered are:
Why Count the Cost?
Understanding Count the Cost and the data needed
Developing an outreach strategy
Establishing an effective leadership plan
How the mighty fall
Joining a Count the Cost Network
Cost: $10 per participant (to cover the cost of Dinner on Friday night and Lunch on Saturday)
The Count the Cost Training works BEST when it is taken together by a church's leadership team. Pastors (and their wives), Church Leadership, and Treasurers are highly encouraged to attend this two-day training together as a team.
To start the Count the Cost process with your church, register online through Eventbrite, and receive the Count the Cost information sheet by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Then fill out the Count the Cost information sheet, and if possible, include a copy of your current budget, and send it back to Jorge at email@example.com. All information will remain confidential.
Please don't forget that in order to get the most out of the Count the Cost Training, you will need to come to both sessions. The first session is Friday, May 17th from 2 - 6 p.m. The second session is on Saturday, May 18th from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
If you only have time to go to one event this year, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that it be this one! We hope to see you there!