Building a Church Budget Wall

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Building a Church Budget Wall

  1. 2. A Church Budget is one way to see how God is still alive in a church!
  2. 3. A Comprehensive Church Budget Process <ul><li>CHURCH VISION </li></ul><ul><li>CHURCH COMMITMENT </li></ul><ul><li>MINISTRY COST </li></ul><ul><li>MINISTRY FUNDING </li></ul><ul><li>STEWARDSHIP EDUCATION </li></ul>
  3. 4. CHURCH VISION Question 1: Who Are We? <ul><li>There is no need to develop a budget until the church knows who they are. </li></ul><ul><li>Vision is more than seeing the invisible; it is being able to see the possible. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Nehemiah was a great Old Testament Visionary! <ul><li>Nehemiah had a vision of what God could do. (Nehemiah 2:1-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Nehemiah could see a thriving city with walls in the future. (Nehemiah 2:12) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Differences between an idea and a vision. <ul><li>A VISION: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is given to us </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is a passion that grips an individual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comes from spending time with God </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AN IDEA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is developed by our imagination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not cause a sacrificial price </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comes from the inspiration of others. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Vision is seeing the church and community through God’s eyes!
  7. 8. See what God wants to do through the church! <ul><li>How does God see the church? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church is His people, uniquely gifted, and the instrument of evangelism and ministry. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Church is His most potent force in the world to reach the world. (Romans 1:5-6) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How does God see the community? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is filled with people in need of a Savior. (Matthew 9:36-38) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It needs the church to be motivated by sacrificial love. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Capture a vision for the church. <ul><li>TASK: Develop a vision for your church. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the format suggested in the article, “How to Develop a Church Vision Statement” found in the appendix. </li></ul>
  9. 10. CHURCH COMMITMENT Question #2: What are we called to do? <ul><li>What is our church called to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What does God want us to do for this budget year? </li></ul><ul><li>The church must determine, “What do we need to do to make it happen?” </li></ul>
  10. 11. Plan for Action <ul><li>TASK: make plans for the coming year with specific actions </li></ul><ul><li>EXAMPLE: “reach the children in our community,” then what actions will be taken to make this happen? </li></ul>
  11. 12. MINISTRY COST Question #3: What will it cost? <ul><li>Determine the cost. </li></ul><ul><li>Nehemiah (2:7-8) provides an example: He calculated the cost and then asked the king for a letter and timber. </li></ul>
  12. 13. The task of the church is not complete once the plans are made. <ul><li>Determine the cost of each planned ministry. </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate the total cost of ministries. </li></ul>
  13. 14. MINISTRY FUNDING Question 4: How will we pay for these ministries? <ul><li>Develop a budget that focuses on ministries. </li></ul>
  14. 15. 3 Steps to develop a budget: <ul><li>#1: Develop a line item budget for fixed expenses like salaries/benefits, literature, utilities/building, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>#2: Divide all of the plans in three or four ministry categories that reflect the vision statement, (i.e., Worship, Discipleship, and Outreach). </li></ul><ul><li>#3: Determine what percentage of the fixed expenses belongs to each of the categories listed in Step Two. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Sample Ministry Budget <ul><li>Strategy #1: Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy #2: Discipleship </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy #3: Outreach </li></ul>
  16. 17. STEWARDSHIP EDUCATION Question 5: How is it possible? <ul><li>Focus the budget on ministries, not “paying bills.” </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship Education must address three issues specifically: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifestyle Choices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving Practices </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Appendix: Helping a Church Develop a Vision Statement
  18. 19. Writing a Vision Statement <ul><li>Explain Your Role as “Vision Caster” </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss “God’s Expectations for a Believer </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze Responses </li></ul><ul><li>Compose a Single Sentence Vision Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Test the Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt, Communicate, and Celebrate the Church’s Mission Statement </li></ul>

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