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Author and accounting professor emeritus Richard Vargo seeks to help churches understand and create budgets that then improve congregational health. Vargo first grounds readers in fiscal...

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After defining and explaining narrative budgets, this document helps readers transform their former line-item budgets into narrative budgets. Narrative budgets tell a congregation’s story, hopes,...

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Believing that an accurate and systematic method of constructing a budget is imperative for nonprofits, the authors combine their business, software, and financial consulting experience in this...

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Does your congregation keep missing its ministry goals? Do you feel like there is something inherently unhelpful about your congregational budget process? Popular author, church consultant, and...

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Estimating construction costs of a building project is critically important, but as architect Robert Foreman reminds readers, construction is but one part of the budget. This brief article...

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Sometimes, to do great things, a congregation needs to get its own house in order. Paul Holmes, a professor at Steton Hall University, has edited a guidebook related to the practical challenges a...

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The research that undergirds this report involved more than 3,000 congregational leaders from various religious traditions who responded to surveys about the impact of the recent economic downturn...

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In every congregation, records are a key resource. They are needed for day-to-day operations, to support budgeting and planning, to answer questions about past decisions, and to demonstrate...

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As a professor of Christian Ethics, it isn’t surprising that Nimi Wariboko would have an interest in helping pastors reflect on their theology of money. Yet Wariboko is interested in pastors...

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By its very content, this free downloadable pamphlet promotes an educated laity with respect to congregational finances. The content includes fifteen questions for laity to answer. The questions...

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Question: What happens when a professor of accounting and a professor of pastoral theology get together? Answer: They write a two-part book about money and the church, and this is exactly what...

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Some congregations want an effective strategy for regularly and systematically reducing their debt but have difficulty determining how to do it. Should a congregation’s debt be amortized, accounted...

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This free and downloadable document, offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, is organized by subject matter and covers a variety of topics related to congregational finances. Topics...

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Written by Sharon Farris, president of Farris Accounting and Consulting Training Services, this secular resource walks readers through every facet of accounting and bookkeeping procedures and...

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Few issues confronting congregations can be more difficult, at times, than financial ones. The Church Law department of Christianity Today offers this comprehensive guide to church finance. Richard...

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“If crowdfunding invites us into the joy of giving in new ways, what should the church be learning from it?” Answers are practical and accessible in this free e-guide from a stewardship expert. It...

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empty tomb, inc. is a service and research organization, focused on financial discipleship strategies and church giving patterns. They seek to help the church to serve the poor and love our...

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Everything a congregation does (or does not do) has some influence on its ministry effectiveness. While managing people, operations, and money may seem mundane, these responsibilities cannot be...

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The role of church administration is to manage and support the more technical aspects of organizational life. These include budgets, finances, personnel details and legal liabilities. Such...

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This article is a biographical sketch of The Rev. Dr. William Enright and his work at the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Yet, it is more than a biography. The article is a well-written...

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