Archives For Budgets

Churches and ministries are often faced with the challenge of having enough funds for the activities they want to plan. How you opt to fund your ministry is a decision that each church needs to make based on how they feel God is leading them. Consequently, I am not going to say one way is better than another, I simply want to share my thought process as we had to face the decision of whether to use fundraisers or not for youth activities.

We started the church a few years ago and so the decisions we make lay the foundation for the church, its traditions, policies, etc. I came from a church that did not allow children and youth ministries to do fund-raising. I don’t think that there was any philosophical reason behind that except that it seemed that every week one of the ministries was soliciting the membership for pizza, cookies, or something and the leadership felt it was too much. A couple of other families came from churches that did allow their youth to hold fund raisers and they wanted to do some fund raising for the youth, so it was time to come to an understanding, a policy, a philosophy for fund  raising.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year
It’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It’s the hap- happiest season of all

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” used to be just another Christmas song that you would begin hearing this time of year as the holiday rush heats up and we head into December. In the last few years, a company has also started to use it to mark the beginning of back to school sales in commercials featuring parents with big smiles on their faces and dancing through the aisles.

So, would it surprise you to hear that I think the the most wonderful time of the year for churches is budget time? I have to admit that it’s a time that I really dread.  Budget time is when we see ministries battling for their piece of the proverbial pie. I remember sitting around the table at budget planning meetings when my sole responsibility was our church’s Awana program. We would go around that table, and everyone would present their “dream” budget – what they really wanted for the coming year.  When the dream budgets of the individual programs exceeded the total budget, a new process would start.  We would go around the table once again – this time trying to figure out where we could decrease some of our proposed budgets for individual programs.

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