WHY IS THE COST TO PLANT DIFFERENT BY REGION?
The primary reason the plant cost is different in each region is due differences in currency conversion and purchasing power in each region. A single US dollar goes much further in some countries than others. Other secondary factors include how much it costs to train pastors in each country and how much travel costs are.
WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN AFTER I PLANT A CHURCH?
You will receive an official Surge Church Plant Certificate and an 8×10 Plant Photo once the church has been released to plant. You can expect these items about 2 months after you are notified the funds were sent to the planter. The ongoing information you receive really depends on the region. In some areas, we must keep all activity completely confidential for the safety of the pastor and his new congregation. In others, connectivity to internet and phone is extremely limited. In a few instances, there can be a stronger ongoing connection between church and donor. We are constantly trying to improve the frequency and quality of our communication to our supporters.
CAN I CHOOSE WHERE I GET TO PLANT?
We try to accommodate your regional preference. It all depends on the current availability of our planters. Sometimes we have a pastor ready to plant in a specific city or country, but we always try to narrow in as closely as possible. Our planting pastors have already identified where they would like to plant and we try to match donors with them. If we do not have a plant available close enough to satisfy your preference, you can either plant in an “area of greatest need” or we can hold the funds for you until a plant becomes available in your preferred region.
WHY DO YOU USE NATIONALS INSTEAD OF SENDING WESTERN MISSIONARIES?
The success of a church plant depends largely on the ability of the planter to mesh with the local culture, weather, and language. For these reasons, we have seen greater long-term success by training nationals in the countries we operate rather than sending western missionaries. Although we are not opposed to a sending strategy and are very thankful for work of missionaries and sending organizations!