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The 2019 Budget Process Begins

Romans 16:5

Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMIn the early Christian church – many times the church met in the homes of its members. The Body of Christ often provided the ministry. As we enter October – we will soon be in another budget season for 2019. As we fast approach a new budget season in the life of our church some serious questions arise for us to consider. Some of these questions point toward our vision and mission as a church. What is our main focus? What is our mission? Our desire – our heart – is to reach everyone for Christ – to make disciples for Jesus. Are our ministries set up to do so? Is our budget geared to help us reach the lost for Jesus? How we go about this process might be as important as the vision itself.

What do we need to make disciples? Do we need a large building? Do we need a large staff? Do we need an active laity? Speaking of a building – David Platt writes – Why would we spend an inordinate amount of our resources on something that is never prescribed or even encouraged in the New Testament? In his book A Radical Idea – David asks some deep questions. It is an eye opener and a book all pastors and church leaders should read IMHO.

David writes – When the church is fundamentally a gathering of committed people, the place where the church gathers hardly matters. That is a radical idea – a radical thought – referring to our church buildings. Do we spend too much time and money on our facility?

David also writes – in referring to staff and programing – The last thing I want to do is rob Christians of the joy of making disciples by telling them that I or anyone or anything else can take care of that for them. He writes that the church’s insistence on hiring professionals to run programs robs the Body of opportunities to serve God. He writes – How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the Glory of God in the world?

Some radical ideas to think about for a church with a large building and large portion of the budget to support that building. We also have a large staff with several part-time staff members along with a full-time pastor and facilities manager. The building and the staff make up the overwhelming majority of our budget. Are we denying the Body of Christ an opportunity to serve by putting so many resources our into building and staff? Are we using God’s resources wisely? Some deep questions for sure. I encourage others to read the book and see what God lays on your heart.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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