Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Book Review (#59 of 2014) Basic Budgeting for Churches by Jack A. Henry

Basic Budgeting for Churches
This book does a good job helping a pastor or finance committee set up a budget and monthly cash flow budget from scratch. It is basic bookkeeping for those who have never done so. I would see it as a guideline of best practices and things to consider when working with a congregation to develop a financial plan. There are not a lot of biblical explanations/justifications of good stewardship and financial organization, so look elsewhere for that.

Caveats are that it assumes congregational context. It assumes the traditional Baptist polity of a Pastor-led church with a committee that will handle a budget to be voted on by the church at large. It is most applicable to small churches. It is also dated, there is a chapter on the usefulness of a computer. But for 99 cents, it's worth it. 3.5 stars.

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