Effective Church Finances: Fund-Raising and Budgeting for Church Leaders

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"The congregations who do the best in church finances have a rich, full, abiding compassion for mission. They are motivated by a theology of service, not a theology of survival. Their compelling, driving spirit is one of giving, serving, loving mission."—Kennon Callahan, Effective Church Finances

"The more you develop healthy habits of effective church finances, the more likely you are to advance your mission. The two go hand in hand. They help one another. The more successful you are in one, the more successful you will be in the other."—Kennon

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"The congregations who do the best in church finances have a rich, full, abiding compassion for mission. They are motivated by a theology of service, not a theology of survival. Their compelling, driving spirit is one of giving, serving, loving mission."—Kennon Callahan, Effective Church Finances

"The more you develop healthy habits of effective church finances, the more likely you are to advance your mission. The two go hand in hand. They help one another. The more successful you are in one, the more successful you will be in the other."—Kennon Callahan, Effective Church Finances

"Money follows mission, not the reverse. This is a shorthand way of saying that the stronger the congregation's relational characteristics, the easier it is to raise money. The stronger the congregation's mission, visitation, worship, groupings, leadership, and decision making, the stronger the giving." —Kennon Callahan, Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church

Congregations who practice effective finances have a stronger mission, help more people, and are able to raise more money, according to Kennon Callahan. The more effective they are with church finances, the less time they must invest in money matters and the more time they have to devote to their real mission. The stronger the congregation's mission, the stronger the giving.

With depth and insight uncharacteristic of books in this field, Effective Church Finances offers church leaders a comprehensive guide to setting and achieving financial goals through well-planned budgeting and fund-raising. Complete with charts and questionnaires, this book shares practical suggestions, insights, and wisdom that have been tested and proven during the author's many years of consulting in thousands of churches.

Written for committee members, key leaders, pastors, and church staff, this detailed study explores

  • developing the church budget—how effective church finances advance mission, how to set a four-year plan, how to invest wisely in your congregation's mission
  • fund-raising for the budget—how to organize giving campaigns and develop campaign strategy objectives and organizations, plus tips on selecting fund-raisers
  • setting giving goals for the congregation—how giving patterns fluctuate, how to pinpoint your congregation's giving pattern, how to develop a baseline budget projection, how unexpected developments can affect your congregation's giving
  • growing the giving from year to year—how it is easier to raise money than to cut the budget, how to practice the gift of encouragement, how to understand and develop differing practices of giving, and how to develop an enduring gifts program.

When these are carried out with a passion for mission, rather than in a business-as-usual maintenance mode, then the mission and the church finances are strengthened, enriched, and advanced.

Combined with its companion volume, Giving and Stewardship in an Effective Church, this step-by-step guide to healthy habits of church finances will help church leaders focus their best creativity, leadership, and energy on advancing their mission. "The congregations who do the best in church finances have a rich, full, abiding compassion for mission," writes Callahan. "They are motivated by a theology of service, not a theology of survival. Their compelling, driving spirit is one of giving, serving, loving mission."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787938697
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Twelve Keys to an Effective Church Series
  • Edition description: 1ST JOSSEY
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 810,212
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

KENNON L. CALLAHAN, researcher, professor, and pastor-is one of today's most sought-after church consultants. He has worked with thousands of congregations around the world and has helped tens of thousands of church leaders and pastors through his dynamic workshops and seminars. Author of many books, he is best known for his groundbreaking study Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, which has formed the basis for the Mission Growth Movement, a widely acclaimed program for church renewal. Callahan has earned the B.A., M.Div., S.T.M., and Ph.D. degrees. His doctorate is in Systematic Theology. He has served both rural and urban congregations in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia and taught for many years at Emory University. Ken and his wife of over forty years, Julie, have two children, Ken and Mike, and three grandchildren, Blake, Mason, and Brice. They enjoy the outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, and camping.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 Developing Your Budget 1
1 A Mission Budget 3
2 Major Priorities 11
3 Building an Investment Budget 17
Pt. 2 Raising Your Giving 22
4 Giving Campaigns 25
5 Campaign Strategy Objectives 37
6 Campaign Organizations 53
7 Selecting Fund-Raisers 63
Pt. 3 Setting Giving Goals 73
8 Giving Patterns Fluctuate 75
9 Your Congregation's Giving Pattern 84
10 Projecting Your Budget 93
11 New Developments 99
Pt. 4 Growing Your Giving 105
12 Easier to Raise 107
13 The Gift of Encouragement 119
14 Practices of Giving 127
15 Enduring Gifts 139
Conclusion 151
16 Advancing Your Mission 153
Index 161
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