Use the Map
My wife and I were recently at a meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Our hotel was right across the street from the Philadelphia City Hall with a statue of William Penn on top. But without a map I did not know where city hall was in relation to the rest of the city, and I certainly had no idea how to find the Liberty Bell. The problem was solved with a simple map of the city. Once we knew where we were in the city, we could plot a course to the Liberty Bell and other sites. The same approach works for church financial planning.
Three quarters of the year has come and gone, so now is a good time to see where you are financially. Look over the receipts to date in light of the past two to three years. Then look at expenditures to date in light of the past two to three years. This will give you a good sense of where you are. The next step is to find where you want to be financially.
Does year end need to see an increase in giving or spending? Does the end of the year look like familiar compared to past years? Maybe it is time to find a totally new destination. This might be the year to finally break through to a new level of giving. What route will you need to plan to get there? You may wish to look beyond the close of this fiscal year to next year’s destination.
The current numbers within the context of recent years will give you a good sense of where you are. Now, the question is, “Where do you want to be and how will you plan to get there?”