The Fiscal Cliff: Navigating the Wilderness: Part 1

The Fiscal Cliff: Navigating the Wilderness: Part 1


Financial Forecasting and Communication

Is your church approaching a financial cliff? Are you wondering how to avoid going off the edge?

This webinar was part 1 of 3 of the Navigating the Wilderness series held by Conference Staff The Rev. Susan Townsley and Charlie Kuchenbrod.

This program flyer offers a primer on how church’s wind up on the edge of the cliff and ways to reverse direction.

The slides from this presentation are available here as a PDF.

See Also:

Navigating the Wilderness Part 2: Maintenance to Mission: Clarity on Why we are Church

Navigating the Wilderness Part 3: Directions for Change: Leadership Tools for Change

Further Readings:

It all starts with a Sense of Urgency

US Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades

7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America

15 Things the Church needs to Do in 2015

Why are Millennials less religious?

Also see A Church Finance Handbook, 2018 version; see the section on Financial Sustainability, p 78ff

Changing Religious Landscape

Why Americans go and don’t go to Church Services

Examples to consider:

  • First Stamford CT: Building Sale, Quiet Period, will re-launch later

  • United Church Bridgeport CT: Building sale, renting for worship, Monthly dinner church, launched “nOURish Bridgeport”

  • Second Greenwich CT: Evensong services

  • First Congregational New London CT: Lease back after building sale, the New London Urban Outreach Program

  • Stamford Community Church CT: rebranding, worship style change

  • Redeemer New Haven CT: Transplanting to curated list of neighboring churches, carefully considered legacy work with remaining resources

  • First Danbury CT: in progress: working to launch program called Sages and Seekers, spirituality for community and business leaders, working to launch a program called “the Meetinghouse,” community gatherings to address committee meetings

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