by Nathan Hood, Chair of the Ministry of Stewardship, Finance & Administration (SFA)
Halloween? Thanksgiving? No silly it's Church Budget Season! As the congregation voted on the 2018 budget, you also voted to form the Strength in Numbers (SiN) Committee, a cross-section of our membership charged with tackling church growth and finances head-on on an ongoing basis.
SiN met throughout 2018 and rolled out big picture solutions to SF&A and its budget subcommittee, to put into practice when developing the 2019 budget and planning for the future. The 2019 budget will reduce the budget deficit at least 75% through a combination of cost savings via reevaluating personnel, ministry/program and debt expenses. This leaner, lighter budget will give us the runway we need to prepare for future growth.
The preliminary budget will be presented to the congregation at an informational meeting on Sunday, November 18 at 11:45 am in the Sanctuary.
Please come to hear about where we are, where we're headed, and to offer your input. SF&A will vote on the budget on Sunday, December 4, followed by a Church Council vote on Tuesday, December 18. The final budget will be presented to the congregation in January.
Don't forget: the biggest way to participate in the budget process is to follow the Gratitude Cycle, sign up for our new church database Realm, become a sustaining giver in our last pledge campaign as we know it, and invite your friends to church!