Monday, March 16, 2009

Helping Churches Make Difficult Financial Decisions

Pastor Mark Driscoll has offered up 3 Principles to Guide Financial Decision-Making for churches facing a serious budget crunch.

The three principles are:

  • Spending - Spend money on those things that grow the ministry and not simply on those things that make it easier on your staff.

  • Pruning - Without pruning, a ministry is wasting energy, time, resources, and leaders on proverbial branches that are no longer bearing lots of good fruit . . . most—if not all—leaders know what needs to be cut. But they fail to act with courage because they anticipate fallout, people leaving, and hurt feelings. Sometimes God uses hard times to compel his leaders to make the decisions they need to make, and this is one of those times.

  • Core - Don’t make cuts on your core essential ministries but rather on your secondary and auxiliary ministries.

Read the full post here.

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