Count the Cost

Count the Cost

The process

Count the Cost is a process 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 ... ."

The benefits to churches

Count the Cost helps churches plan by giving them a glimpse into the future, showing potential dangers and guiding them in mapping out a plan to achieve their 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 Count the Cost include determining the current reality of my church, dreaming where my church could be in five years, a month-by-month plan to get to that dream, and consulting to address the first "rock" keeping us from growing.

In January, 2019 Count the Cost Level 2 workshops are added to the process which explore issues that can wreck your ministries and help chart a course to navigate through or avoid them.

To accomplish Count the Cost for churches two-day training events are scheduled.

Upcoming CTC workshops:

January 18-19First Bilingual Baptist Church, Pico Riveralevel 2

The training event

Those attending the training will learn about:

  • God's Call
  • Painting the Future Picture of Your Church
  • Developing a "Count the Cost" Plan for Your Church
  • Engaging Partners for Your Church

Deliverables to churches

Two of the greatest deliverables from completing a "Count the Cost" plan are:

  1. A month-to-month breakdown of where God can take you on this journey; and
  2. A growth plan, based on projections, detailing how many relationships must be established and when, and how many church leaders must 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."

To start the Count the Cost process with your church, download the information sheet on this page, fill in the information and email it to If possible include a copy of your current budget. All information will be held confidential.

This Convention serves our culturally diverse congregations as we fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.