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How do I get ministry leaders and the board to engage the budget process?

I'm trying to put the numbers together for next year's budget, but I'm getting little cooperation from the church's ministry leaders. Information isn't submitted on time—or at all—and the board doesn't mandate compliance. What should I do?

It is difficult if you don't have the cooperation of ministry leaders or the board. Without cooperation from these principal parties, you are certainly fighting an uphill battle. The best way to get ministry leaders to participate in a meaningful way is to include an element of accountability. Talk to your senior pastor about including budget results in the annual evaluation for ministry leaders. That means effort needs to be placed on tying the budget to ministry objectives and measuring results on a consistent basis. To get the board more engaged, consider some practical training that includes information on historical trends (without overwhelming ...

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  • May 19, 2016

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