Category Archives for "Budgeting"

Tips for saving energy

The information in this article is taken from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network of the U.S. Department of Energy. In the United States, Daylight Saving Time begins for those participating at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March. At 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday of November, most of the U.S. reverts […]

How to Survive in a Declining Economy

Newscasts report daily that our economy is on a downward trend. People are losing their homes, highly-paid executives are losing their positions and having to settle for lower-paying jobs, food and energy costs continue to increase, and the list goes on. While these facts are true, what we are experiencing is not new. In Jeremiah […]

How Pastors Can Train Their Congregations to Be Good Stewards

Many sermons and teaching lessons that pastors present to their congregations do not apply to everyone. For example, lessons on the depravity of alcohol or drugs or the spiritually and emotionally harmful effects of adultery could apply to only a handful of attendees. However, everybody deals with money. It is the pastors’ responsibility to help […]

Understanding Surety

With regard to finances, surety is probably the least taught and least understood principle in God’s Word. Considering the number of times the Scriptures warn against surety, its amazing to think that so few actually heed God’s cautions. The fact that so many Christians can violate a basic biblical principle about money and seem to […]

Handling Church Offering

One of the more important aspects of church financial management is establishing an appropriate method of handling offerings. There are certain Internal Revenue Service rules that must be followed regarding handling cash and acknowledging and accepting donations. Receiving the offering Offerings can be received by “passing the plate,” allowing attendees to place their offering in […]

Using credit cards for business expenses

It is common practice in today’s business world for employers to reimburse employees for business-related expenses: hotel rooms and meals while on a business trip or gasoline if the employee’s car is used for business purposes.   The Problem As in personal finances, credit cards can wreak havoc with business expenses. Sometimes the employee uses […]

Responsibilities of the church board

Although the authority and responsibilities of church boards are as diverse as the churches they serve, there are some responsibilities that should be consistent and typical for all church boards. These are establishing policy, financial reporting, compensation review, and budget approval. Establishing policy One of the primary functions of the church board, regardless of the denomination or […]