Monitor and Adjust
For many of us it is hard to believe that we are entering Spring season and soon will be in Summer. I imagine many Summer plans are already being made in anticipation of time-off and getting away. Much like families, the church looks forward to and plans for the near future as any responsible organization would. The planning relates to the work of the church and how we will fund the operations and missions of the church for the rest of the fiscal year. Every year we create a budget that the members of the church approves. This process allows the members of Trinity to review and to show their commitment to the upcoming budget. Through this vote we are saying we accept the budget and will meet the budget for the year. This process is similar in some ways to how a business plans for the coming year. The executives of the organization get together to develop a plan and a budget to successfully meet that plan. They know they will need to have a certain amount of sales and services provided in order to bring in the revenue required to meet the plan. They also know that all parts of the business need to contribute and if that does not happen the plan will not be met.
Though the church is not a secular business it is an organization that requires planning, budgeting and meeting the budget in order to ful ll the plan. As members of this church community we are all part of and responsible for fulfilling the plan. Just as we sing and pray together, we give together as another form of worshipping God. If we do not come together as a community the budget is not met meaning plans are not successfully completed. We have to then adjust budgets, tighten the belt and determine alternative paths. I like to call it monitor and adjust. Not a fun process but a process that most organizations have to go through at some point.
Though not as exciting or heart warming as giving money to feed Syrian refugees through groups such as Preemptive Love Coalition, giving to the church is just as important if not more important in some cases. As people we expect certain things when we come into a church building such as clean toilets, a place to sit, a comfortable room, lights, coffee, a safe place for kids, Bibles, paper towels, pens… the list can go on and on. The point is that though not super exciting, maintaining our facilities and the operation of the church allows us to gather as a church community. Some may ask if we need such a facility as what we have at Mulberry, TriPoint and Ruble Center. Not necessarily. It is not required, but it is what God has given us to use to minister to our community. We have been given the responsibility to use what we have been given to serve the people of San Antonio, and to do that well and to have a place that is presentable, comfortable and safe.
We have become very resourceful at Trinity when it comes to how we spend the money and maintain the facilities we have. Last year through contract negotiations, service automation and some outsourcing we decreased the operations budget 17% without hindering any missions. We will continue to evaluate other areas to become more effective, but we will need your assistance.
When you give to the church you are allowing Trinity to be a place that can open its doors and welcome the community. Giving is worship. We like to separate worship and call it singing in church, but worship is any time we connect with God through many ways including giving, music, prayer and our work.