In working with churches across the country one of the reoccurring points of tension that comes up is church budgeting. “How do we build our budget in a manner that is fiscally responsible and at the same time helps us move towards our vision?” “What are standard benchmarks in church world regarding building a healthy church budget?” The truth is while you can find a lot of principles out there about church budgeting there’s not a lot of hard data that is easily accessible for the average church. That’s why I’m conducting some informal research on church budgeting, and I’m hoping that you may be able to help. The responses from this survey will allow me to share valuable information such as:
- What percentage of our budget should go towards Staffing, Operations, Ministry, and Missions?
- How much debt do churches of similar size carry?
- Do these percentages change as the size of our church changes over time?
- How do different churches go about building their annual budget?
The more churches who participate, the more specific comparisons can be provided.
Benefits of participating: For those who participate, you’ll receive the results in an executive summary before the findings of the survey are made public! And, you’ll be provided with a copy of the data. No worries, the data will be sanitized to remove possible church-identifiers for anonymity. All for free. Thanks ahead of time for participating in the survey and for helping churches make vision real!
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