Healthy Church Financing

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In this 5 minute session from Leadership Network's 2012 The Nines Conference, Larry Osborne, author and Senior Pastor from North Coast Church, addresses a common budgeting mistake that most churches make. He calls for churches to follow the same directive that they give those in their congregations and live off ninety percent.

Read Proverbs 21:20 and James 4:13–16. Handling the finances of your church requires wisdom in execution and humility in planning.

Is your financial team prepared to adjust the budget as circumstances call for it? If not, what can you change to add needed flexibility for when a crisis appears?
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Does your church normally budget with a margin in mind? Have you been functioning "paycheck to paycheck"? What might God be asking you to do differently in your handling of the church finances?
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What is the hardest part of the budgeting process for you and your church? Why?
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Most pastors receive little to no financial training before taking over a church. An application of biblical principles to the church budget is a great place to start.

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