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 Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, 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
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