Having a church budget is a necessity to keep the doors open and the lights on, but a church budget should also help accomplish the goals of your ministry. Before starting with numbers and pen to paper, start with your vision.
What is the Vision of your congregation? What work has God been calling your church to do? This will help if you have to make tough resource decisions regarding programs or ministries. You will need to know how additional or fewer resources may affect each area.
- Identify specific goals
- Involve Ministry Work areas in determining the priorities and budget needs
Once your vision is in place, and you have a clear understanding of missional priorities, look at both income and expenses.