Rev. Erik Parker, The Millennial Pastor, provides some insightful observations about congregational budgets:
As we begin the new year, most churches are entering Annual Meeting season. Budgets will be proposed and approved. Reports on how the past year’s ministry has gone will be presented. Plans for the year will be laid out.
For a lot of church people, annual meetings are a necessary evil. Boring meetings about boring things. But annual meetings have a significant effect on ministry. If you really want to know what a congregation values, look at the budget. If you want to know what a denomination focuses on, look at the budget.
Churches might put things like “All are Welcome” on signs, but have nothing in the budget for hospitality ministry.
Churches might have mission statements about growing in faith or serving the poor, but have no budget lines for educational resources or funds directed to outreach.
While what churches have failed to budget for or invest in is interesting, what they do put their time, energy and money towards is even more interesting. And so often churches invest in things that simply make no sense and make one wonder what is actually trying to be accomplished. In fact, churches often invest in or put their resources into ventures that have little chance of yielding fruit.
To read the rest of the article, visit Rev. Parker’s blog: The Millennial Pastor.