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If you are in the midst of a financial crisis, are you paying heed to these suggestions? (Stock Free Images)

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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