Monday, April 20, 2009

Trim Costs...Raise Income

I'm on my 3rd cup of coffee this morning getting ready for what should be a very fun and engaging day. The entire church staff is gathering off-site for a day of prayer, planning and dreaming about future ministries, schedule, themes and best practices. But what hangs over our heads is income-to-budget. We, like many (dare I say most?) churches are feeling the pinch between what the budget needs to maintain ministry and what the income is.
In collaboration with the church council, the staff has been given the first crack at finding savings within the already lean budget. So what I'm wondering is how are you doing it? What are some of the budget-saving ideas you are doing at your church (or even business?) Some of the ideas floated by me yesterday on the church patio were:
1. get rid of paper bulletins
2. stop buying church coffee (brew only donated)
3. turn off the air conditioning
4. stop hiring out yard work, go to all volunteer and staff
5. raise facility use rates (especially for weddings)
Any others?????


At 9:36 PM , Blogger Miss Elissa said...

The first three seem like good ideas. I would be cautious about #4--is it going to be taking a job away from a person who needs it?

At 1:10 PM , Blogger Isaac Johnson said...

You have an excellent location, you can increase use fees.

Are the building projects that can be postponed?

What about "bake sale" type silent auctions?

Do you advertise your space? maybe see if you can rent out some of the areas more often - like that back building that Vajra practiced in.

Do you have an online donation form? Many people prefer that kind of convience - my church has that: http://www.mercyvineyard.org/contact_us.aspx

But keep in mind - this is not lasting - things will come back, really. so dont get too crazy about money.


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