In late Spring or early Summer, the Board, through its Stewardship Portfolio, and in coordination with the Finance and Mission Funding Committees, develops a plan and process for implementing a pledge drive which is conducted in the fall. During the planning time, Portfolio Leaders meet with their respective committees and help fashion the committees’ financial requests to fund the programs and activities they plan to offer the incoming year. In August, the Finance Committee develops a provisional budget based on previous year’s income, committees’ requests, projected ministerial staffing expenses, and costs of necessary expenses, (office supplies, virtual activities, utilities, and the like). In October, the Board and Finance Committee sponsor a Budget Workshop and invite the committee leaders and church members to participate in a discussion of the proposed budget. By December we should have contacted all our members and received their pledges for whatever level of funding they will provide during the next year. After review and update, the budget is presented to the Board for approval. It is then presented to the congregation at its December Congregational meeting for adoption.
All the foregoing is simply to say that it takes money for us to exist, and the process of acquiring anddelegating those funds is open business for all to see. When needed, we have an audit by professionalsoutside our church, just to make sure our process passes muster. A significant portion of our budget is earmarked for support of charitable groups and the environment. The bulk of activity is carried on by church members without full time professional supervision, and we trust each other to make the right decisions. Wehope you will see a portrait of a vital institution.
The budget chart of general categories is as follows: