Budget cuts are never easy but sometimes they are a necessity. How does one decide where to cut and what to leave standing? The choices are often different for a small congregation than for a large one, but here are some budgeting principles that may apply to all:
Put “First Things First and Second Things Not at All”
In other words, know your mission. Have a clear idea of why God has put you in the place where you are. If you have not thought that through, get some help in doing it now.
Once you know that mission then all your resources must be devoted to it, even if it means giving up some things you have done for years. It may even mean giving up a beloved building or even your identity through a merger with another congregation–never for the sake of survival, but for the sake of God’s clear calling you to the mission.
Read the rest of the article on what to consider in the face of budget cuts on the Lutheran Church Extension Blog.