Tips for Those in “Church Budget” Mode

Bob FranquizChurch

We are in full blown budget mode at Calvary Fellowship. I've seen more calculators in the last week than I have in the last 2 months around the office ­čÖé

Here's a few thoughts I'd share to church leaders about budgeting for 2010:

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 fairly? (1 Tim. 5:18-19)

7. Am I maxing myself out in my new budget and limiting what God can do through me? (Prov. 24:3-4)

8. Is our vision seen in what we are investing in? (Hab. 2:2)

9. Are the poor factored into the budget? (Lev. 25:35)

10. A budget is only a plan and God can change that any time He wants (Prov. 19:21)

I'll try to share a few more insights this week on what I've learned (sometimes the hard way) on church budgeting.

I know this process can be stressful, but your budget is your dreams in dollar form. So take the time to do it well.  

(By the way, we have a resource for churches going through a tight financial season called, "The Cash Crunch". You can check it out here.)