Thom Rainer's Top 10 Rules of Thumb for Healthy Churches
These diagnostics can help gauge a church's effectiveness.

Thom Rainer (the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources) recently offered his Top 10 rules of thumb for healthy churches in America.

Several caught our eye, including:

8. Effective giving: For every person in average attendance, including children and preschool, $26 in budget receipts. For example, a church with an average worship attendance of 100 should average at least $2,600 in weekly budget giving. This ratio is obviously greatly impacted by demographics.
9. Maximum debt payment budgeted: 33 percent of annual income for most churches. Up to 40 percent for fast-growing churches.
10. Maximum debt owed: 2.5 times the annual income of the church for the previous year.

How do these calculations compare with your church's preferences and realities?

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