I'm trying to figure out if there are some kind of missional ways that we can shape the nuts & bolts of our newly forming community. I'm interested in hearing how other emerging/missional communities have navigated some of the logistical/"institutional" details of community life-- and did you find ways that reflected missional values to accomplish them?
How did you start out handling money? -- did people contribute only cash; did someone step up as the "money person"; how did you have accountability about income & expenses-? Are there things you wish you'd done differently? How did these practices change over time?
Did you compensate any musicians? and if so, how did you deal with the tax implications of that?
How did you handle music copyright issues-- both legally and morally? Did you buy a music license, and if so, how early in the community's life?
We are renting space on Sunday evenings from an existing (waning) congregation. Do we need our own liability insurance, or are we covered by theirs? What have communities learned about this?
Have you incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit, and if so, at what point in your community's life?
Did you "nest" with an existing congregation, and what benefits and/or problems did that create for you? (I've been told that if we nested, for example, that contributions to our community could be tax-deductable; we'd be covered under the nest congregation's music license & insurance, etc.)
What other sorts of nuts & bolts things have we not even thought of yet?