I am in a quandry, and these days the place to play out a quandry is online, so feel free to help me.
Our Conference, the Central Texas Conference, is facing a budget crisis. As we prepare for a 2007 budget to be presented at Annual Conference in June, the trend seems to be to raise the budget again.
I know there are a lot of worthy programs. Things are being planned that will bring with them the opportunity to change people’s lives and build the Kingdom.
So, here is my quandry: it seems abundantly clear to me that the trend for receipts is down while the trend for spending is up. Unlike the US Government, the Central Texas Conference cannot merely make more money. Something has to give.
Since we are being overrun with oportunities for Stewardship training, the message from “on high” is clear: churches need to suck it up and give more.
On the other hand, CTC Churches already commit between 15 and 20% of their budgets to apportionments, and some think that is more than enough.
Please, please, help me. What are we to do?