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  • A Church Budget is one way to see how God is still alive in a church!
  • A Comprehensive Church Budget Process
  • CHURCH VISION Question 1: Who Are We?
    • There is no need to develop a budget until the church knows who they are.
    • Vision is more than seeing the invisible; it is being able to see the possible.
  • Nehemiah was a great Old Testament Visionary!
    • Nehemiah had a vision of what God could do. (Nehemiah 2:1-5)
    • Nehemiah could see a thriving city with walls in the future. (Nehemiah 2:12)
  • Differences between an idea and a vision.
    • A VISION:
      • Is given to us
      • Is a passion that grips an individual
      • Comes from spending time with God
    • AN IDEA:
      • Is developed by our imagination
      • Does not cause a sacrificial price
      • Comes from the inspiration of others.
  • Vision is seeing the church and community through God’s eyes!
  • See what God wants to do through the church!
    • How does God see the church?
      • The Church is His people, uniquely gifted, and the instrument of evangelism and ministry.
      • The Church is His most potent force in the world to reach the world. (Romans 1:5-6)
    • How does God see the community?
      • It is filled with people in need of a Savior. (Matthew 9:36-38)
      • It needs the church to be motivated by sacrificial love.
  • Capture a vision for the church.
    • TASK: Develop a vision for your church.
    • Follow the format suggested in the article, “How to Develop a Church Vision Statement” found in the appendix.
  • CHURCH COMMITMENT Question #2: What are we called to do?
    • What is our church called to do?
    • What does God want us to do for this budget year?
    • The church must determine, “What do we need to do to make it happen?”
  • Plan for Action
    • TASK: make plans for the coming year with specific actions
    • EXAMPLE: “reach the children in our community,” then what actions will be taken to make this happen?
  • MINISTRY COST Question #3: What will it cost?
    • Determine the cost.
    • Nehemiah (2:7-8) provides an example: He calculated the cost and then asked the king for a letter and timber.
  • The task of the church is not complete once the plans are made.
    • Determine the cost of each planned ministry.
    • Calculate the total cost of ministries.
  • MINISTRY FUNDING Question 4: How will we pay for these ministries?
    • Develop a budget that focuses on ministries.
  • 3 Steps to develop a budget:
    • #1: Develop a line item budget for fixed expenses like salaries/benefits, literature, utilities/building, etc.
    • #2: Divide all of the plans in three or four ministry categories that reflect the vision statement, (i.e., Worship, Discipleship, and Outreach).
    • #3: Determine what percentage of the fixed expenses belongs to each of the categories listed in Step Two.
  • Sample Ministry Budget
    • Strategy #1: Worship
    • Strategy #2: Discipleship
    • Strategy #3: Outreach
  • STEWARDSHIP EDUCATION Question 5: How is it possible?
    • Focus the budget on ministries, not “paying bills.”
    • Stewardship Education must address three issues specifically:
      • Lifestyle Choices
      • Financial Decisions
      • Giving Practices
  • Appendix: Helping a Church Develop a Vision Statement
  • Writing a Vision Statement
    • Explain Your Role as “Vision Caster”
    • Discuss “God’s Expectations for a Believer
    • Analyze Responses
    • Compose a Single Sentence Vision Statement
    • Test the Statement
    • Adopt, Communicate, and Celebrate the Church’s Mission Statement