I recall hearing a story of a gunslinger in the old west who was riding into a town and noticed a series of bullseye targets painted on the sides of barns, wagons, fence posts, and trees; each with a single bullet hole dead-center.
Impressed, he continued toward the town center a little more cautiously because somewhere in town was an individual who could match his abilities. Once settled in, he began to ask about the targets and the identity of the marksman.
To his surprise, the townsfolk told him it was an eleven-year-old named Billy and that at this time of day he could usually be found at the north end of town. The gunslinger strolled out to witness Billy’s talent and heard the sound of a single gun shot.
Rounding the corner of the last building, he came face-to-face with Billy who stood with a paint can in one hand and a brush in the other outlining his fresh bullet hole with a bullseye.
One way to insure accuracy is to shoot first then mark your target. Obviously, this method isn’t the best way to move a church forward together.
As a larger church we really can’t afford a random approach as we help people find and follow Christ. At our size it will often feel like we have a lot of programs and events. Truth is, we do. Yet we can still balance our activities to make sure everything we do helps us move the entire church forward in the same direction.
A critical step in keeping balance in ministry is to make sure everything we do has a specific purpose and people group we are reaching out to. We call this having a primary purpose – it’s not easy to easy to pick one, but it’s critical and doing so actually allows for greater clarity in planning.
We’ve developed the grid below to help our staff and volunteers determine a primary purpose. You can see there are plenty of variables and combinations, allowing for almost unlimited opportunity for creativity.
Knowing what we are aiming at before we begin will also help us evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts. We won’t have Billy’s dead-on accuracy, but we will be learning to lead better as we meet people where they are.
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2016 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
Our budgets are set on a calendar year, submitted by staff and approved by the Elders of Richwoods. Our ability to meet the needs of the people, provide programs, offer ministry opportunities, and so on, are all contingent on the faithful and generous giving of the people who call Richwoods their church home. As a church we do not take annual pledges to set a budget but we work off of our historical giving and attendance patterns to project a conservative budget.
If you have questions about the information shared in this fyi, you can contact our Executive Pastor, Joel Dryden by email. You can also leave a comment below.