It is no secret that economies around the world in developed nations are tanking. This raises an important question heading into budget planning for children’s ministries in local churches. How do we balance visionary planning with prudent fiscal responsibility? With mounting job losses and debt, parishioners are having to tighten their belts. They are spending less in every aspect of their lives, including charitable giving. The Barna Group (barna.org) reports that this could lead to financial losses mounting to the billions for local churches in the USA.
As someone who is known for being extremely conservative with money, I plan to redouble my efforts to save the church money wherever possible. This begins with cancelling any training opportunities for me. It extends to looking closely at expenditures on curriculum, resources, supplies, decorations, Bibles, and so on. I want to be able to stand in front of the church membership and confidently declare that we are operating with optimal efficiency.
Have you looked at your budget lately? Are there areas which could be pruned without harming the ministry objectives? During lean years such as the current one, it is wise to ask these kinds of questions proactively so as to demonstrate managerial acumen which gives freedom to visionary leadership.