What Does a Healthy Church Budget Look Like?

Episode #115
April 14, 2015
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Podcast Episode #115

Church budgets can often be the source of much contention and even more confusion. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Knowing the basics of the budget and communicating the budget well to church members can eliminate a great deal of contention and confusion. So today on the podcast, we tackle the basics of church budgets.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • A church budget has to have clarity if it is to be healthy at all.
  • If you want a healthy church budget, make as much money available for ministry as possible.
  • Debt can be a tremendous hindrance to churches, but is often necessary for growth.
  • There is no reason even for a small church to not have some kind of budgeting software.
  • Quarterly church budget reporting is often the most effective practice.
  • Pastors should have help with church budgets, but also need to know the basics.

The seven topics we cover in this podcast are:

  1. Budgets need to have clarity
  2. Understand the three main categories: facilities; personnel; ministry
  3. Understand the problem with percentages
  4. Understand the impact of debt
  5. There is a need for pastors and staff to understand budgets
  6. Frequency of reporting depends on the church and polity

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