As the final quarter of the fiscal year for many ministries rolls around, a recent post by church planter/professor/blogger Tim Spivey on his New Vintage Leadership blog is well worth reading.
Two Things You Must Have Before Asking People to Give offers a simple formula that Spivey learned early in his ministry. He says this formula “keeps me from asking for money to meet budget. Of course we have to meet it, but the budget is an inanimate object. Pull it apart. Personify it. Show them how life change happens through the budget. If you can’t, your budget needs to be overhauled.”
On the heels of two recent ECCU budgeting webinars (now available as free recordings), I resonate with Spivey’s words. He’s advocating that we align money with mission and monitor to be sure our ministries stay on mission.
Check out Spivey’s blog post to learn his formula, then come back here and leave a comment letting me know what you think.