Process in Forming the Budget
The Budget Ministry Team consists of: The Finance Ministry Team, pastor, ministerial staff, directors of program organizations and chairpersons of deacons, trustees and ministry teams. The chairman of the Finance Ministry Team also chairs the Budget Ministry Team. The process begins during the summer. Attendance numbers and contribution amounts are compiled. Those numbers are placed in a statistical formula with history from the last five years. The formula calculates a range for expected contributions for the coming year.
After setting the total amount of the budget, each person or ministry team responsible for line items submits their requests with justification. Normally, the budget requests are larger than the pre-determined total from the Budget Ministry Team. After hearing the requests and the facts from the Budget Ministry Team, the ministerial staff then takes those requests and creates a proposed budget. The Budget Ministry Team typically takes that budget and makes modifications as needed to determine the final budget. It is then proposed to the congregation.