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Creating a Ministry "R&D" Fund

Ensuring money is available when the Spirit moves.

Creating a Ministry "R&D" Fund

In my own ministry experience, I have found that the best ideas for new ministry often come in the middle of a budget year. A new evangelism or outreach ministry idea, for example, suddenly energizes lay leaders, who approach the staff for funding. Or the church is approached by outside partners, such as a school or youth center, with a community ministry idea. Or a community crisis, or a new need, may present itself, and the church is asked to respond.

In the middle of the budget year, how can you respond? One option is to simply say "It's not in the budget, wait until next year." But that approach has costs: It may throw a "wet blanket" on the energy lay leaders have for a new ministry, or it may allow the budget calendar to block the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Here's another way to respond to mid-year opportunities: develop a ministry research and development ...

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  • January 3, 2011

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