We have no CM Budget

Your Question:

“We don’t have a CM budget; how do I create one?”

The Issues:

A church budget reflects what is important to the church.  A CM budget also reflects what is important.  The CM budget is your CM vision expressed in numbers.  Establishing a CM budget, or increasing it, is easier if the senior pastor or board agree with the purpose and value of the ministry.

Scripture Foundation:

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”  Luke 14:28

Short Answer:

Creating a CM budget “from scratch” is a complex challenge.  If the church has been “supplying what you need” for some time, the idea of a separate CM budget is quite a change for the church leadership. You may have to prove yourself financially responsible first.  If you ask for permission from the church finance director to gather information and propose a CM budget, you must work hard to present an accurate, reasonable proposal.  Your first proposed budget will likely be just what you’ve spent in the past year. This first budget is simply designed to separate what the CM spends from the rest of the church.  It is an exercise for you and the church finance director. For more help, click on the links below.

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