The landscape in America has changed drastically over the past half century, and how churches respond is a question largely unanswered. There are approximately as many churches being planted as closing down each year. Yet the number of people who claim no religious affiliation continues to increase with each new survey of the American public.
For small churches, one of the major reasons they end up closing their doors is finances. Like it or not, planting a church requires some cash and good stewardship of those resources across time if these burgeoning congregations are to prove sustainable.
In my work with Church Community Builder, I lead a peer-to-peer learning community where pastors from all over the country, across multiple denominations and a myriad of church sizes, gather to discuss the most pressing issues they encounter.
What I’ve observed is that while each church has a unique calling, they all face similar challenges. Some of the obstacles for small churches and new plants are ones others learned to overcome the hard way. Their experience can be collected and shared so others following a similar path do not make the same mistakes.
This resource helps you avoid those mistakes while creating a clear plan for church finances. Based on decades of experience and practical wisdom, this guide shows you the path your church should take in order to avoid common pitfalls.
If we want to shift the statistics of church planting in the next decade, church leaders need proficiency in foundational principles, like how to be stewards of the financial resources God gives them.
Jesus described in the parable of the talents the steward who was responsible with a small amount. That steward was praised equally with the one who managed many talents.
It is not the numbers in our budgets or the sizes of our congregations that matter in God’s eyes; it is our faithful stewardship of what we are given — and that is why this guide is a must read for all pastors, especially those who lead small congregations.