-it’s time to go over ALL expenses and expense procedures with a fine-tooth comb, –not to cut program, but to plug leaks in your budget. It’s time to find money you didn’t know you had, and stop money you need from being wasted.
- Do the choir songs we bought 6 years ago really get “all used up” ?
- Did that low-bid paint contractor also use low-bid paint (asphalt, sealer, etc) which is forcing you to paint/fix things again too soon?
- Do we really need to spend $75+ week on fresh flowers in the sanctuary? (some members donate memorial money to pay for the flowers, but in one church I was involved with, the donation didn’t cover the actual expense!)
- How much money are we spending on free coffee after worship? Probably more than you realize. Yet in many churches the “donation basket” next to the coffee has disappeared. ($10 week for coffee x 52 weeks = $520 a year in coffee!) What other hidden expenses might you have?
- Is someone actually reading your meter? I know of one church that discovered it was routinely being overcharged by 50% a month.
- Is your internet bill the best deal? I know of one church paying $60 a month for DSL when the broadband provider in that area provides service for FREE to churches.
- Can you get the church cleaned cheaper? Cleaning contractors might be better than full time custodians. And for the “sextant” duties you can hire a college student or retired guy to move chairs and unlock doors.
- Is the church creditcard and checking account getting the best rate?
- Is your Sunday dress-code (the unwritten one) causing you to pump more AC into the building during warm weather than necessary? See my posts about GREEN JESUS and saving energy at the church. http://sundayresources.net/neil/category/greenjesus/
More Budget Leaks…
Is your church mis-managing the money is DOES have? Read my post about SCARY CHURCH ACCOUNTING procedures and mistakes I’ve encountered in dealing with churches buying my software. http://sundayresources.net/neil/2008/08/22/scary-church-accounting/
Double payments… in the hundreds of dollars. Mistaken amounts on checks. And had we not told them of the mistake, many would have never noticed because they don’t audit their accounts.
Churches ordering things they already own, just because they forgot they had them, or couldn’t find them. We get about two orders a month returned because they “found the copies we already had.” Or, “ordered them again because the original CDs had walked off.”
Materials walking off in member’s hands. Curriculum, books, supplies and CDs that never get brought back to the church and have to be re-ordered (or simply aren’t there to get more use out of the next time they are needed.)