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Financial planning and budgeting for Churches

For many churches, planning and financial budgeting is a way of life; for other churches it can be seen simply as a ‘business tool’ with no place in church whatsoever. This paper addresses common questions about budgets, including:

  • Is planning and financial budgeting biblical? 
  • Is budgeting a good thing for the church? 
  • Is it OK for churches to run a deficit budget? 
  • Does the Charity Commission expect churches to make use of budgets? 
  • Who is responsible for the budget? 
  • Is there a particular format for a church budget? 
  • How do we create a budget?