Five Ways Your Church Budget May Be Broken

Episode #589
November 15, 2019
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Many churches are in the midst of their annual budgeting. Thom and Sam discuss five ways your church budget might be broken. Included in this episode are topics like processes, facility costs, personnel costs, and resourcing outward-focused ministry.

  1. The budgeting process is old and stale.
  2. The church has not seriously examined its facility costs.
  3. The church has not seriously examined its personnel costs.
  4. Expenditures are almost all inwardly-focused.
  5. There is little thought given to Jerusalem. (Acts 1:8)

Other highlights:

    • Zero based budgeting forces your church to re-think every expenditure.
    • The longer you defer church maintenance costs the more expensive they may become.
    • Making personnel changes in a church doesn’t always mean deleting positions. Personnel changes could mean changing job descriptions.
    • Senior Pastor’s can’t ask staff members to be outwardly focused if they don’t resource them to be outwardly focused.


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