Commitment #13: A strong church is financially sustained, responsible, and generous.
Watch the video and work through the content for “Commitment #13” in your Strong Church Workbook. (You can use this link to share the video with your elders/leaders: https://vimeo.com/583377209/1562a880a7) Submit your responses through this Google Form in preparation for your coaching call. Let your coach know if you have any questions or concerns.
Financial sustainability varies based on model. A strong church may be established with multiple full-time staff, part-time staff, or bi-vocational/co-vocational leaders. Contextual and contemporary factors play a role. Strong churches have responsible financial systems in place which ensure accountability, transparency, and legality protecting against real or perceived mismanagement. Strong churches have a clear and sober budget, tracked monthly, along with clarity around the relative giving among members of the church. God’s money is connected to our hearts so disciples must be equipped in gospel-driven financial generosity. Soma churches are partnering to see gospel saturation and give annually to the Soma central fund (3% of their church’s annual budget), church planting (7% of their church’s annual budget), and the poor (at the elders discretion). Some churches give as much at 26% to external planting and the poor. Each elder team must discern how the Spirit is leading them to steward the resources of the church.