Podcast Episode #291
Today’s episode may be a dream for many church leaders. But often, more money for churches can lead to more problems for churches if not handled well.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Today’s podcast episode may be about the dream scenario for many pastors and churches.
- Faster growing churches tend to have lower per capita giving.
- Giving patterns of families often follow life stages, so determine if increased giving is ongoing or temporary.
- I prefer the lag approach to church staffing rather than the lead approach.
- High cash reserves can discourage giving and show a lack of faith.
- Low cash reserves can indicate a church is not prudent or not planning for the future.
- In many churches, we erroneously treat the previous year as the base for what will happen the next year.
The nine responses to increased giving that we cover today are:
- The surprising place where many churches get in trouble
- Find out why
- Ask for an age breakdown
- Determine if ongoing or temporary
- Be careful before adding personnel
- Check reserves
- Be exceedingly careful with one-time gifts
- Make certain next year’s budget is accurate but conservative
- Postscript: Faith or prudence?
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Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast
- Belay Solutions (affiliate link)