Can You Really Make Your Church Budget More Predictable?

Hint: The answer is yes. And a more predictable budget means less stress and more room for ministry. 

Creating a healthy church budget lets you plan wisely for the future. It lets you know what you can say yes to, what to say no to, and how well your budget supports your vision.

Conversely, not knowing if you’ll have enough money to pay staff or keep the lights on is extremely stressful. Worrying about how to make up for a winter storm keeping people away or a summer slump in giving is like a weight around your neck. It takes your focus off caring for people and can easily lead to burnout.

Think about it. If you knew that your church’s budgetary needs would be met even when people are on vacation, or if a a terrible storm hit and you had to cancel Sunday worship but giving wouldn’t drop, how would this change your day-to-day?

A predictable church budget allows you to get back to what you love most: ministry. It can even allow you to plan ahead and dream about new opportunities. 

So, how do you make this happen? One way is mobile giving

The church budget may be on your mind often, but remember how far it is from your congregation’s. They’re thinking about everything from job trouble to relationship problems to getting the kids out the door for school. They need (and want) reminders, but even more, they want tools that simplify their lives

Technology like mobile giving ensures people can give when and where they feel led. Recurring giving alleviates the friction of having to remember to bring a check or cash to church.

Best of all, with great giving technology, you can return your focus to the mission of your church—and enjoy margin to start something new like a community outreach program, foster care, or small groups ministry. 

Here’s the reality: ministry takes money. When your church is operating from a healthy, predictable budget, you’ll be on track to enjoy financial margin that can increase your ministry reach. Ask God to give you wisdom and bless your efforts as you manage what he gives your church, and don’t be afraid to invest in great technology that can help simplify your administrative work and allow you to get back to focusing on ministry.


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Jess Holland

Jess Holland is a marketing and communications copywriter for Life.Church. She was previously a writer on Faithlife staff.

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Written by Jess Holland