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Key Characteristics of Financially Healthy Congregations

  • Balance between stewardship techniques and fundraising strategies.
  • Recognition that money is a symbol of our value system.
  • Openness to discuss money within the life of the congregation.
  • Affirmation of our status as "gifted" people.
  • Regular two-way communication between the leadership and the membership regarding financial information.
  • Systematic challenges to grow in giving appropriate for each member.
  • Regular opportunities for additional giving.
  • Both operating and capital funding invite gifts from donor income and capital.
  • Planned giving is encouraged and a support system is in place.
  • People appreciate giving opportunities as opportunities rather than burdens.
  • Both clergy and lay leadership know their responsibilities and enthusiastically participate in financial leadership.

From Get Well! Stay Well! Prescriptions for a Financially Healthy Congregation (p. 8) by Wayne C. Barrett. Discipleship Resources © 1997. Used by permission. This resource is nowout of print, but is available from Amazon.com.

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