Why Church Treasurers HATE Church Budgets

It’s sad when, what should be a great joy to a treasurer, turns out to be a burden. Treasurers usually love numbers. Numbers provide comfort and something solid in the squishy spiritual world of the church. When churches make financial decisions based on how much money is the bank, why bother with a budget?

Since treasurers are often not very confrontational, here are the words that are often left unsaid when it comes to the budget:

  • “Do you understand that a budget isn’t money in the bank? You can’t spend what we don’t have.”
  • “So…when we budget an unrealistic amount for the church, we call it faith, but then we criticize the pastor when she preaches on increasing our personal giving on faith. Hypocrites!”
  • “Can’t we just save some time and just turn in a budget that says, ‘Same as last year?’

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Annual Conference Memories – 2015

With Annual Conference being postponed, I thought it’d be fun to post some videos from Annual Conference past. This is one from 2015. I reused my “Keep your eye on ROI” slide which is a classic. There were some great moments where we learn Jesus can do math and see my ability to make church logos.


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Annual Conference Memories – 2014

With Annual Conference being postponed, I thought it’d be fun to post some videos from Annual Conference past. This is one from 2014. The neat thing about this one is that I’m reporting on the transition to the tithing apportionment formula. There’s a great story relating to Howard Beach UMC.


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How to win as a Finance Committee

This was from a training that I did in the Fall of 2019 for United Methodist churches in Southeastern South Dakota. While most finance committees focus on reviewing reports and looking at cutting expenses, some are making a huge impact in helping their churches succeed. They are growing the church’s income, improving operations/decision making, and much more.

How are they making such an impact? The gist is, they staff the finance committee with the right people and set goals. It’s not that complex. I also give some ideas on how to fix the income problem, reporting, auditing, and budgeting. Enjoy!


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