As we get closer to the end of 2015, most leaders are start planning for the following year. And that includes budgeting.
So here’s a few thoughts I’d like to share with church leaders about budgeting for this upcoming year:
1. Remember that God’s vision is bigger than yours (Eph. 3:20)
2. Remember the widow’s mite (Mark 12)
3. Money spend on evangelism is not an expense, it’s an investment (Matt. 28:19-20)
4. Ask, “Is this a want or a need?” (Phil. 4:19)
5. Am I being generous to missionaries and other organizations doing important kingdom work? (2 Cor. 8:7)
6. Is the staff being compensated fairly? (1 Tim. 5:18-19)
7. Am I maxing myself out in my new budget and limiting what God can do through me? (Prov. 24:3-4)
8. Is our vision seen in what we are investing in? (Hab. 2:2)
9. Are the poor factored into the budget? (Lev. 25:35)
10. A budget is only a plan and God can change that any time He wants (Prov. 19:21)
I’ll try to share a few more insights tin the future on what I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) on church budgeting.
I know this process can be stressful, but your budget is your dreams in dollar form. So take the time to do it well.
If you want more ideas on how to run a tight ship without turning into the Titanic, you can get a resource I created called “The Cash Crunch” for free here:
We’re coming up on one of the most important evangelistic opportunities of the year: Christmas Eve.
Some are saying Christmas Eve is even bigger than Easter in terms of attendance in their area.
I know this: Christmas is a great time to reach people.
It’s the only time Christian music is playing in the mall and the unchurched are singing along!
But every year I hear about Pastors who missed this golden opportunity to reach people.
They didn’t plan far enough ahead.
Right now we’re in the middle of planning our services, a Christmas Concert, an outreach, direct mail and more. And let me tell you: I wouldn’t be able to do all of this if I weren’t efficient with my time.
So for all you pastors out there who are feeling the time crunch like me, here’s my gift to you: The Productive Pastor Ebook.
I’ve written down some tips for you that are key for you getting more done in less time. It’s totally free. Just enter your info below.
Have you ever had a big day in your church, only to have attendance drop back to normal the next week?
There’s a reason for that.
I recorded a video where I talk about why this happens and the #1 thing pastors have to engage in to prevent it.
When you have a big day, you don’t stay at that number.
However, you shouldn’t go back to your old number either.
The big day should give you a bump in your attendance.
If you don’t see it, it might be because of what I talk about on this video.
You can watch the video here:
Enjoy and God Bless.
Most Pastors tend to take their vacations during the summer for a variety of reasons (kids are out of school, attendance is flat) which I think is a good idea.
But sometimes we can lower the bar a little and say, “Hey, it’s summer. It’s no big deal.” WRONG.
3 Targets for Your Church to Focus on this Summer:
1) New Guests. Most people move during the summer time and that’s also when they check out churches in their neighborhood. Fourth of July was a lower than average attendance for us at Calvary and we still had 35 first time guests!
That means we need to make sure that every Sunday is Superbowl Sunday at our church because someone is showing up for the first time wanting to take a next step towards Jesus.
2) Preparing for Fall. Line up your preaching calendar. Get things ready for when attendance does pick up. Take a look at the systems you have in place and train the leaders on improvements you want to implement. Summer’s a great time to invest in leaders.
3) Get Training for Yourself. There’s no better time to invest in yourself than the summer. Take advantage of the coaching we offer or come to our Breaking Growth Barriers Conference on August 13th and 14th.
Now’s the time to learn the new skills you’ll be able to implement for the rest of the year. Don’t miss out.