Presentation on theme: "Implementing the Narrative Budget in Your Church"— Presentation transcript:
1Implementing the Narrative Budget in Your Church Adapted from work done by the Anglican Diocese of Niagara -The Reverend David M. Ponting
2What is the Narrative Budget? It is the sacred story of church ministryOne of the most important ways we can effect on-going stewardship educationNarrative Budgeting is an essential element in educating your congregation about how money is being utilized to support the ministry of the church
3An Important Insight of the Narrative Budget Givers don’t give money TO the church… they give THROUGH the church to touch the lives of other people.People will give generously when they feel what they are giving is having an impact
4Sacred Story…Much of Scripture is the sacred story of God’s care for His people. ie. Exodus 16 and the manna from heaven.Just as individuals have sacred stories of God’s providential care for them… a narrative budget is the sacred story of our church’s ministry and how people are giving through their church to touch the lives of other people.
5We Have a Theological Starting Point… That starting point is thatwe are NOT a secular institution.Our faith calls us to view the deployment of money much differently than secular institutions
6We Must Overcome Years of Faulty Theology …and begin to view money from the perspective of a faith community rather than a secular perspectiveThis has a serious implication…
7We need a whole new way of thinking about the line item budget in the local church!!
8A New Way of Thinking Line item budgets are an accounting tool Narrative budgets are used for education and visionWe need both but we must be more intentional in how we use both
9Line Item Budgets Have Limitations They do not show how money is being invested in ministryThey do not show how servant time and talent are impacting church lifeWorst of all – they do not inspire!
10The Narrative BudgetClearly shows how money is being invested in the various components of church lifeHelps givers to re-frame what the church is all aboutInspires givers and helps them see their giving is really making a differenceIs a proven tool for increasing financial commitment to the ministry of the church
11The Narrative BudgetRecognizes that church goers are not inspired at the prospect of funding administrative costs, postage, heat, water, cleaning supplies, photocopying, etc.Helps givers see their church ministry investments in a different light.
13Several Key Components to Church Ministry… Your church’s ministry areas might easily be segmented into something like this:Pastoral CareEducationWorshipEvangelism/HospitalityMissions/OutreachIn-reach and Fellowship
14All Church Expenditures Can Be Assigned to One of These Six Areas! Pastoral CareEducationWorshipEvangelism/HospitalityMissions/OutreachIn-reach and Fellowship
15Experience Shows Four to Six Categories to be Optimum This means you will have to make decisions about what categories are right for your church.Some churches like a youth ministry category. They find it easier to fit both Youth Ministry & Stewardship Education into the ‘Christian Education’ categoryHowever, you could place Youth Ministry in the ‘Outreach’ or ‘Evangelism’ category if that makes more sense for your church.
16What Category is NOT Included in a Narrative Budget? Pastoral CareEducationWorshipEvangelism/HospitalityMissions/OutreachIn-reach and FellowshipDo you see ADMINISTRATION anywhere on this list?
17Using ADMINISTRATION as a Category in Your Narrative Budget Will… DEFEAT the entire purposeof your Narrative Budget!!!I BEG you. Don’t go there!
18Putting a Team Together Start by getting your full time staff to assess the time they spend for a month. They can also review day planners for previous month overviewsAllocate their time among the six areas of ministryTreat that as directional for how other expenditures in the line item budget should be allocated among the areas of ministrySome line items in your budget will be easy to allocate (i.e. Sunday School supplies to Christian Education)
19The FormulaAfter evaluating the staff time distribution, you will have an allocation formulaFor example the pastor might spend the following amount of time:15% on Christian Education10% on Outreach30% on Worship & Preparation10% on In-reach and Fellowship15% on Evangelism and Hospitality and20% on Pastoral CareWe then take this formula and use it as a blueprint for line items that are difficult to allocate
20Don’t Get Caught in a Trap Many churches implementing a Narrative Budget for the first time miss a big point – they get too caught up on accuracy and don’t give themselves permission to treat the Narrative Budget as directional.We don’t deliberately try to be inaccurate, we try to be as accurate as possible. But, we recognize that, used as an educational tool, it is more important to help reframe minds and encourage givers to think about how their giving is used instead of how accurate we are.
21Sample Line Items in a Church Budget… Examples…Sample Line Items in a Church Budget…
26The Understanding We Want Givers to Have is This: 14 cents of every dollar I give goes to Pastoral Care34 cents of every dollar I give goes to Outreach, etc.
27And the Good News? The whole process is simple! Contact The United Methodist Foundation of New England for samples & templatesx106 (Bonnie)Materials to be posted on the website shortly
28You tell the story of the individual slices of the church ministry pie There is a narrative for Outreach, a narrative for Evangelism, a narrative for Pastoral Care, etc.We funnel the story from the macro story to the micro story
29The Pastoral Care Narrative The ministry of Pastoral Care at UMC involves the following services:taking of home communion to three local nursing homes each monthon call at two local funeral homes and follow up with the mourners from 30 funerals in 2012frequent visiting at three local hospitals to care for parishioners recovering from illness or surgery
30More Pastoral Care Ministries counseling services to couples and individuals in marital crisiscare of students in crisis due to stress-related pressures of schoolself help group set up to care for unemployed in the areabereaved families support group, etc.
31The Sacred StoriesKristen is a first year student in Biology. Its her first time away from home and her family is in Lumsden, Saskatchewan. She has been having a difficult time with her classes and her marks have slipped dramatically since high school. Her mother was badly hurt in a car accident last month and Kristen is not coping well. She walked in off the street last Wednesday morning and all her pain came gushing out in the pastor’s office. She and the pastor connected and she has showed up in church the last few Sundays feeling like she has found a “family” to care for her.
32Real People – Real Stories Tell a few stories for each category of ministryGivers begin to get a better sense of the impact the ministry of the church is having on peoples’ livesExperience shows they become inspired and take a much greater ownership of the many ministries of the church
33Get the Story Out… Church Newsletter Bulletin Inserts Church Website Stewardship MailingsNarrative Budgeting BookletsPersonal ContactInclude in Intercessory Prayers
34Use Sunday WorshipPut a bulletin insert out each week for six weeks highlighting a different category of ministryPray for that ministryTell a specific story of a person being touched by that ministry
35Add a Time and Talent Option Additional charts can illustrate servant hours against the six categories of ministryParishioners get a sense of how vital and vibrant the local church is when looked at in the context of servant time
36Let’s look at one aspect of Servant time Narrative Budgeting is an Evolving ProcessLet’s look at one aspect of Servant timeSunday Morning WorshipAltar guild – two people X 2 hours= 4 hoursChoir – ten member X 2 hours of worship and 2 hours of practice time = 40 hoursReaders, chalice bearers, server, crucifer, counters, sides- people, litergist, 10 X 1.5 hours = 15 hoursAlmost 70 hours of servant time in one week X 44 weeks =3,080 hours of servant time in Sunday morning worship alone
37In an average size church When you factor in all ministries, we estimate that 10,000 – 15,000 servant hours per year are accumulatedThat’s a significant impact on any local community!!
38The Process Continues… Each year you will improve & get better at it as you add stories, servant time & talentPeople will begin to think of church ministry funding in a new way
39We must change how we view money and ministry Money & MinistryWe must change how we view money and ministryLong before Charge Conference you will have begun a job of education and awareness around the Narrative Budget
40A Few Recommendations… Leave the line item budget in the church office at your council meeting.Take only the Narrative Budget to your Church CouncilTell those that function better with details, that there are five copies of the completed line item budget available in the church office for anyone interested. You are not compromising transparency.As a faith-based organization be determined in your desire to talk about money and ministry in a new way.
41You Might Find…Charge Conferences will no longer be viewed as the annual BUSINESS meeting of the church, but will become the “Annual Mission & Ministry” meeting!Members get excited and start looking forward to church meetings!!
42Givers will become engaged by the efforts we make to show them that their giving has a lasting impact on the lives of real people with real needs… Their giving doesn’t just make a difference, it can make ALL the difference!!