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