December 6, 2010 Tony Morgan

10 Reasons Why Churches are Broke

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:

  1. People aren’t tithing.
  2. Pastors are afraid to teach on money, and, therefore, most people are uninformed of biblical stewardship principles.
  3. Assuming growth will occur. (Casey shared that Church of the Highlands only budgets based on 90% of what they brought in the previous year.)
  4. Churches have taken on too much debt.
  5. Churches have budgets, but there is unwise spending and lack of controls.
  6. Money is diluted and going in too many directions because of overprogramming.
  7. People don’t make the connection between giving and eternal impact.
  8. Leaders think financial issues will just go away someday.
  9. Churches don’t plan their offering times.
  10. There is no one who is thinking intentionally about increasing giving at churches.

What would you add to the list?

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world. Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.
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