I am not sure I had a true appreciation for the church budget until I began serving on the Budget and Finance Committee. I did not really understand how the budget came about and how decisions were made for the upcoming year. Here is a look at the process …
The ministerial staff reviews last year’s budget in the fall and prepares budget proposals for the upcoming year. A proposed budget from the Personnel Committee is also received. The committee receives these proposals and prepares an initial budget. We then meet over a period of months to make decisions on recommended spending from the staff as well as analyzing the current giving pattern. There is ongoing discussion with church staff and decisions made by the committee to finalize the budget based upon last year’s budget giving and where the church staff is sensing a need to make changes for the next year. We come to a finalized proposed budget and provide it to the church body to review for 30 days prior to the annual business meeting.
What is your role as a church member? Get involved and learn about the church budget. We welcome questions on all aspects of the budget and budget process. We welcome input from all church members. There are 2 opportunities to ask questions about the budget scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm and Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4:30 pm. If you are unable to attend either forum, but still have questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (580) 512-2533. The proposed budget for the 2019-2020 budget year will be voted on during the Annual Business Meeting on March 31 at 6:45 pm in Fellowship Hall.
Thank you for your continued giving as a church. It has been an exciting process to watch the stewardship of First Baptist grow over this last year. Please continue to make growth in stewardship, the church budget, and wisdom for the Budget and Finance Committee matters of prayer.
Chairman of Finance Committee