Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes

By Rosario Picardo Published
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This book is for any pastor, church planter or lay leader struggling to do ministry with a lack of financial resources but hungry to reach the lost with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Clergy are trained to preach, teach, and lead a congregation in spiritual matters. However, there is very little training for clergy when it comes to the “business” matters of the church-finances, debt reduction, fundraising, and building maintenance. The added and sometimes unexpected load for clergy can become cumbersome and extremely stressful. In addition, the decline of the church and the passing of key funders of churches leave many pastors with dying churches and few resources to do anything about it.

Author Rosario Picardo has been in this very position. As a pastor, Picardo launched a church in a movie theater with no people and very little financial support. He also revitalized a dying congregation in a deteriorating physical structure. Through trials and failures, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, God provided, and Picardo learned new ways for reaching the least and lost, and for growing disciples. In Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fish, Picardo shares the lessons he’s learned with confidence that other leaders can do the same. He demonstrates how, step by faithful step.



“This is a must-read for anyone starting a new congregation, anyone seeking to bring new life to an older congregation, and every pastor who has struggled with church finances.”

—Dr. Kent Millard, Interim President, United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH 

“This is an aptly titled and truly helpful book for pastors and churches trying to provide significant ministries with limited resources. The entrepreneurial spirit and out-of-the-box thinking illustrated in Picardo’s multitude of examples can open new horizons for congregations. If you have a passion to serve God and help people, this book will show you how to do so wherever you are.”

—Lovett H. Weems Jr., Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership and Director, G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

Funding Ministry with Five Loaves and Two Fishes reminds us that God can take what we have and multiply it into abundantly more. Roz gives practical and powerful tips on how to fund and sustain innovative ministry. If you have felt ill equipped for the ‘business’ side of the church or are praying about how you can resource the vision God has given you, you need to read this book.”

—Jacob Armstrong, pastor, Providence Church, Mt. Juliet, TN; author of The New Adapters from Abingdon Press

About the Author

Rosario Picardo

As Ginghamsburg's Executive Pastor of New Church Development, Rosario (Roz) Picardo partners with Senior Pastor Mike Slaughter and the leadership team to dream and deploy new faith communities within the Ginghamsburg community of churches. He also provides for the oversight and growth of the Dayton campuses, partnering with Pastor Jon Morgan at the Fort McKinley Campus while also currently serving as the campus pastor at The Point Campus in Trotwood. Roz is an Ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church, holding a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. He leads a consulting group for church planters/pastors called Picardo Coaching LLC and is the author of Embrace: A Church Plant That Broke All the Rules and Get to Work: Recovering a Theology of Bivocational Ministry. Before joining the Ginghamsburg team in July 2014, Roz served as the founding and lead pastor of Embrace Church, a multi-campus church plant in Lexington, Kentucky.