Church leaders know that money is an essential resource that helps make the work of the church possible: the engine that powers yearly mission trips to South America, the technology broadcasting worship services online, the repair of a leaky roof on an aging building, and of course, the staff that ministers to the entire community.
To lead well on issues of congregational finances, leaders need reliable information to understand the modern landscape of congregations’ economic practices and the unique challenges of congregational finances.
Yet, information about congregational finances can be hard to find. Oftentimes, executive pastors and other church finance staff are left to make assumptions as to best practices or trade insights from coffee conversations or zoom calls with their peers around the country.
There are a number of reliable resources available for church leaders—along with some significant ongoing research. Consider the following: