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What would your church do with MORE money?

Thom Rainer asked post pastors and congregants “If your church budget receipts were to increase tomorrow by 50 percent, what would you like to do with the extra funds?”. Here are the answers he got from his informal survey:

Pastors & Other Paid Ministers

Laypersons

  1. Missions beyond our community
  2. Ministry in and to our community
  3. Start new churches or campuses
  4. Upgrade existing buildings
  5. Pay down debt
  6. New building
  7. Upgrade sound and lighting
  8. Increase pay of existing staff
  9. Add staff
  10. Increase social media presence
  1. Add staff
  2. Missions beyond our community
  3. New building
  4. Upgrade existing building
  5. More and better program materials
  6. Increase cash reserves
  7. Pay down debt
  8. Ministry in and to our community
  9. New church vehicles
  10. Upgrade sound and lighting
What does this tell you about the mindsets and priorities of these two different sets of people? What does it say about how you communicate your vision and mission of your church and what things are important? What can YOU learn from this list? What are your first impressions and thoughts?  Would love to hear them in a comment! Read Thom’s observations here. Todd