December 9, 2009 Tony Morgan

Do you outsource at your church?

This is the final article in a series of posts with my sponsorship partner, The Change Group. I’ve really appreciated the insights that they’ve had to share as it’s related to finances and ministry. It’s obviously something that many ministries are wrestling with in our current economic conditions.

Given those constraints, I asked Casey to shoot me his thoughts on outsourcing. Here’s why–typically it’s a great way to accomplish more by spending less. I always encourage churches to think volunteers before staff. When it’s more than volunteers can handle on their own, outsourcing is another great way to grow your impact while stewarding your resources.

Here’s just a sample of the areas I’ve seen churches embrace to accomplish more ministry through outsourcing:

  • humans resources
  • payroll
  • employee recruitment
  • bookkeeping & financial reporting
  • housekeeping
  • grounds-keeping
  • facility maintenance
  • architecture
  • construction
  • IT
  • marketing
  • graphic design
  • counseling
  • web design & development

Depending on your creativity and your ability to find the right relationship, outsourcing, in my experience, is an excellent way to grow your ministry impact. With that said, here are Casey’s thoughts on outsourcing bookkeeping:

Top 10 Reasons To Outsource Your Bookkeeping in 2010

  1. You’ll have a team that wakes up thinking about what you lie awake worrying about.
  2. You’ll have access to executive-level staff working for part-time pay.
  3. There’s no turnover and no training needed.
  4. You’ll have monthly “just press print” financial dashboard reports. (And, we’ll help you figure out the numbers!)
  5. You’ll save time and money.
  6. It helps you maintain your church’s financial integrity.
  7. You’ll get unlimited access to a CFO that specializes in increasing operational revenue in your church.
  8. All transactions are process within 24 hours – there’s no lagtime.
  9. You’ll have a ministry-minded team that knows church finance inside and out.
  10. You focus on your church; we focus on your finances.

Casey and the team at The Change Group are good folks. They’re working with a number of the same churches I interact with on a regular basis. It certainly wouldn’t hurt you to contact them and just research the options for outsourcing your bookkeeping in 2010. Their client base extends from pre-launch churches to churches with $4 million in revenue. Who knows–they may be able to improve how you handle your money and save you money at the same time.

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Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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