5 Things Every Pastor Needs to Know About the Church Budget

The Gospel Coalition | 5/21/2019 | Staff
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Is your church budget helping or hurting your church’s ministry? That’s an especially important question if you’re the pastor of your church.

So often as pastors, we largely dismiss the budget as something quite unrelated to our work. But your budget is probably the best record of what your church really values. More than your website, more than your glossy brochures, more than what you say you value. And that means that moving toward a healthier church will necessarily involve moving toward a healthier church budget.

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With that end in mind, here are five things that a pastor needs to know about his church’s budget.

Consider how often budget conversations are actually ministry conversations. The children’s ministry director wants to turn his wing of the building into a first-rate children’s attraction. He sees that as funding the Great Commission. Others fear it would simply encourage church consumerism. Who’s right? That’s a really important question to answer.

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Your budget is probably the best record of what your church really values. More than your website, more than your glossy brochures, more than what you say you value.

All too often, churches try to move toward a healthier, more biblical model of ministry without realizing that, like a ball and chain, the budget is pulling them back. We might want our people to see that being a Christian is to be a spiritual provider rather than a spiritual consumer, but the programs enshrined in the budget are all geared toward treating people as consumers. Or maybe we want our people to discover the joy of friendships where we share only Christ in common—like the Jew-Gentile friendships of Ephesians 2:14. But a quick glance through the budget shows money for a singles ministry, for a contemporary music service, for a senior adult breakfast, and so forth—programs that emphasize homogeneity....
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