Stay Away from the Ministry Casino
Dec04

Stay Away from the Ministry Casino

Risk is usually called, “stepping out on faith,” in church. That’s a shame, because they aren’t the same thing. There is such a thing as stepping out on faith. It’s just not the same as taking faith-based risks that make common sense. For instance, “stepping out on faith” might mean a church aspires to a particular goal or vision God has for them that will require stretching and perhaps some...

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Napkins at IHOP – The IHOP Principle
Mar06

Napkins at IHOP – The IHOP Principle

When your church has to make spending cuts (and all churches will at some point), choose wisely. By wisely, I mean don’t make cuts that offer low ROC (return on cut). Let me explain. The primary reason go into an IHOP is for the Cinn-a-stack pancakes. If I could do without those, I would rarely eat at IHOP. Here’s why: there are two things they do that ding my breakfast experience there. First, they give you one, small,...

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How to Keep from Running a Deficit in Your Church
Mar04

How to Keep from Running a Deficit in Your Church

So, how’s your church budget doing this year? It’s March now, which means it’s also a good time to look at church finances. You can probably already tell what kind of start the church is off too. Granted, January and February are not strong months for offerings, historically. However, you can take this into account and make some adjustments if you need to. If you’re off to a better year than anticipated, praise...

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5 Keys to Healthy Church Budgeting Every Year
Jan09

5 Keys to Healthy Church Budgeting Every Year

When putting together a church budget, several mistakes are commonly made that can haunt a church throughout the year and beyond. Here are five keys to a healthy church budget. There are more steps than these, but these are the big five: Don’t drastically overestimate projected offerings. This is a classic for those who love to “step out on faith” or have something they really want to do but can’t afford. The...

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Church Budgeting Myths
Oct14

Church Budgeting Myths

The area of church finance is riddled with myths. They have pure motives behind them, but they are myths all the same. If you buy into them, you’ll set yourself up for financial peril down the road. Here are a few with some observations: Churches that spend more money on missions and benevolence are less selfish and more externally-focused. I suppose it’s a noble goal to spend less internally and more externally. However,...

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