January 22, 2007
Note: Our editori s on vacation this week. Here is a column from 2004.
"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved."
-Rob Blezard, webmaster and editor
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New This Week:
Developing a ministry-based church budget
If your church is like most, you form a budget by figuring how much ministry you can pay with the dollars you are expected to receive.Instead, try looking at the ministry you would like to provide and then calculating the budget to pay for it. Sounds exciting? Here’s a resource that will show you EXACTLY how to do it. Click here for “Developing a ministry-based church budget.” From the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
Faithful giving means trusting God to provide
"So many of us who know how much we are going to be earning cannot seem even to offer to our church an estimate of giving so that the church can have some idea of what they have to work with in planning a budget for the year." Click here for the latest weekly column by Pastor Dana Reardon. To read past columns, click here.
Making sense of church finances
With multiple sources of revenue and numerous types of funds to juggle, church finances are more complicated than ever. That’s why it’s wise that church accountants and treasurers adopt commercial accounting procedures, as well as computer software, to help keep everything straight. Here’s an article that will help you get started. Click here for “Making sense of church finances,” from Your Church magazine.
Don’t let the generic the generic title fool you – here’s an essay filled with lots of wisdom for any pastor or lay leader struggling with how to finance a dynamic ministry and at the same time teach the congregation to grow beyond the budget. Click here for “Stewardship,” from the Ministers Council, an association of leaders in the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A.