A lot of things can happen when a church experiences a money crunch, most of them bad.
The finance committee can get upset, deacons can get angry, church members become scared, and staff members start honing their resumes and looking for a safe place to jump. Nothing about this is good.
Can anything good come from a financial crisis? It depends on how you handle it. Read on.
Keep in mind that sometimes a financial crunch results from a too-aggressive program outstripping the resources. Perhaps the church has become too invested in a project and the crisis sounds a wake-up call.
In most cases, the causes for the crisis are familiar to every church leader. You have been there before and will be here again:
- Emergency expenses may have drained the bank account.
- Some problem within the congregation is driving people away.
- There’s no problem at all. You’re reaching a lot of people who have not been taught to give to the Lord’s work.
Whatever the cause, the church is in a financial bind. Something has to be done.
Here are 13 suggestions on what that “something” is:
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