Church Budgeting For The New Year

Bob FranquizGeneral

2016 is here and there's lot to plan and pray about. And that includes the church budget. So here's a few thoughts I'd like to share with church leaders about budgeting for this year: 1. Remember that God's vision is bigger than yours (Eph. 3:20) 2. Remember the widow's mite (Mark 12) 3. Money spend on evangelism is not an expense, it's an investment (Matt. 28:19-20) 4. Ask, "Is this a want or a need?" (Phil. 4:19) 5. Am I being generous to missionaries and other organizations doing important kingdom work? (2 Cor. 8:7) 6. Is the staff being compensated ... Read More

The Christmas Time Crunch

Bob FranquizGeneral

We're coming up on one of the most important evangelistic opportunities of the year: Christmas Eve. Some are saying Christmas Eve is even bigger than Easter in terms of attendance in their area. I know this: Christmas is a great time to reach people. It's the only time Christian music is playing in the mall and the unchurched are singing along! But every year I hear about Pastors who missed this golden opportunity to reach people. Why? They didn't plan far enough ahead. Right now we're in the middle of planning our services, a Christmas Concert, an outreach, direct mail ... Read More