I'm talking monetary wise. No one pledges to give money to a church plant indefinately. The idea is that as the congregation grows so to will the offetory and outside funding becomes redundant. The reason I ask the question is because I want to be involved in church-planting, but I want to be involved in ministry to the poor. So for instance if someone was to slam 50,000 dollars on the table and say "you've got 2 years to make a sustainable church in Tregear", it ain't gonna happen.
The reason I find it slightly disheartening is because the best church planting seems to be done outside the current institutional structures that are in Sydney (if Driscoll et al. is correct), yet low socio-economic environments need these structures because they've got the coin to support it. So it leaves me in a dilly of a pickle. On the one hand, I want to be involved in some progressive church-planting, and get trained and all that, but the reality may be that I need to go with the Anglicans or Pressies (and I don't think it would be the end of the world to do that, I just think there are some downsides) to be able to have the backing of structures that have the coin.
What to do, what to do eh? any ideas?