A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the state of PCC finances both at church and on this blog (click here to see the 5 minute video of what I said).
Those next 2 Sundays were quite remarkable. People really swelled up and gave and we received about 3 normal weeks worth of giving in those two weekends. We made up some ground, and I am very, very grateful to the many folks who helped do that.
Where are we now? Well, the answer comes in 2 parts. Part 1: We're better than we were a month ago. Part 2: We still have some ground to make up.
Here's the bottom line: We don't spend what we don't have. So, we'll pay our bills, like we have always done. But the size and scope of our ministry has to fluctuate some with the size of our income. I think that we are where God wants us to be in terms of staffing and ministry funding. But good stewardship of resources demands that we adjust our outflows to never exceed our inflows. The next two weekends will tell us what kinds of long term adjustments, if any, we'll have to make.
Some have asked about Dave Ramsey's teachings and how they apply to PCC and the way we operate. In short, we have some changes to make. I'm bought into the need for an emergency fund, and we don't have one. I'm bought in to the concept of zero debt, but we do have some. Just like in our homes, it will take the church some time to baby-step our way to financial freedom, but we will!
So, thanks for remembering PCC when you give and when you pray. Our church is strong, especially given how bad things are in the economy. As always, if you have any question, we'd love to hear it and address it. Email me or Dennis Green at Dennis.Green@pccwired.net. And our books are open books, so anyone can look at almost anything they want regarding our finances (personal giving is an obvious exception.)
See you Sunday!