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Prioritizing Church Budgets

Where does money from church budgets go? According to a 2009 study by the National Christian Poll, 84% of a typical church budget goes toward maintaining itself, with the overwhelming majority of the budget (38%) going toward staff salaries.


Additionally, buildings consume 26% of the average church budget.  Ten percent goes toward domestic or international missions. Only one percent of the budget is typically reserved for benevolence.

If we compare the money churches spend with the number of conversions, the cost per baptism is $1.5 million (World Christian Trends).

Clearly, it is time to prioritize our budgets in line with our mission.

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”


  1. What percentage of your church budget is allocated for salaries? For missions?
  2. How much of our church budgets should we allocate for missions (both domestic and foreign)?
  3. What categories in our church budgets should we limit or eliminate altogether?
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  1. Larry #

    Sobering stats. It certainly lends itself to the idea that not only do we as individuals need to renew our mind and allow for transformation, but as congregations we need to make the same effort at mind renewal.

    September 4, 2013

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