This morning I attended a training event hosted by Launch at West Ridge Church. Casey Graham helped us brainstorm a list of why churches are broke. Here’s the list Casey and the crowd of church leaders developed:
- People aren’t tithing.
- Pastors are afraid to teach on money, and, therefore, most people are uninformed of biblical stewardship principles.
- Assuming growth will occur. (Casey shared that Church of the Highlands only budgets based on 90% of what they brought in the previous year.)
- Churches have taken on too much debt.
- Churches have budgets, but there is unwise spending and lack of controls.
- Money is diluted and going in too many directions because of overprogramming.
- People don’t make the connection between giving and eternal impact.
- Leaders think financial issues will just go away someday.
- Churches don’t plan their offering times.
- There is no one who is thinking intentionally about increasing giving at churches.
What would you add to the list?