The short answer to the above question is…NO.
The longer answer is that we have set categories and line items that are removed from a missional implication. Therefore, it is hard to see the heating bill as “missional” or even the pastor’s salary as “missional.” I wonder, as budgeting season approaches, what it might look like to connect the dots and have folks see how the church budget is intensely missional in its focus.
One of the things I’m working with is trying to reframe our categories and line items to accurately reflect how they are connected to the church’s mission.
It was Paul Begala, a former Clinton presidential advisor, who once said,
“The budget is a profoundly moral document.”
And a church budget, beyond being a “moral” document, is one that expresses the values and mission of the church. If we value mission, then that should be reflected in the budget.