THE PRINCIPLE OF LEVERAGE: How we lived in one of the most expensive cities in America on a church planter’s salary

By all accounts, Washington, D.C. is one of the most expensive cities in America. Depending on what list you look at, DC sits at either number 3, 4, or 5 as the most expensive.

Furthermore, we planted a church in Georgetown (the 20007 zip code), which is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in one of the most expensive cities.

Average rent for a 2-bedroom home is around $3,500. For a 3+ bedroom home, you are in the market for over $4,000+. Furthermore, you can’t buy anything that is a 3 bedroom for under $1.2 million. Needless to say, unless you have a trust fund stashed away somewhere, you have to be resourceful. And on a church planters salary—one that you are fundraising at that—you have to think outside the box a bit.

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