Meetings can be the bane of existence for a pastor. (Frankly…for anybody!) In a church, most folks would MUCH rather actually DO ministry than have a meeting ABOUT ministry. And I get that. In a macro sense, I would, too. But church meetings are important. Planning, evaluating, dreaming, discussing- they all have their important place in the flow of day-to-day life in a church. So, while I don’t giggle like a schoolgirl and look excitedly forward to meetings, I don’t dread them, either.
But that’s not always been the case. And last night was a good example of that. We normally have most of our monthly meetings in one night. It makes for a LONG evening (And since it’s a Sunday, a long DAY!), but they are done for the month. Sweet! But May was CRAZY! We ended up changing the entire structure of “meetings” for the month. That resulted in our Finance Team meeting last night- NOT the typical day or time!
We had a perfectly good meeting. In fact, we had a GREAT meeting. After a rough January and February- financially speaking- we had a great March, April and May. (January and February were rough because the weather was TERRIBLE! Bad winter weather negatively impacts worship attendance. Which negatively impacts giving, which negatively impacts the ability to pay your bills!) But the “bounce back” since has been great!
On top of good “regular, budget giving” finances the past three months, we have continued to have great financial support for our current Capital Campaign. The Campaign, as I have said before, has 4 construction phases. We all agreed that we would NOT start a phase without having the cash necessary IN HAND. We started having donations come in early in October. And here we are, 8 short months later, having already paid for and completed Phase 1, having the cash in hand to start Phase 2, which will be done this summer and starting to collect the cash necessary to begin Phase 3! Good stuff!
The Finance Team meeting was very upbeat, positive and forward thinking. We talked about our current finances. We talked about the Capital Campaign. We talked about some new approaches we are implementing to keep the congregation better informed of our ongoing financial status. And we did some visioning and dreaming about the future.
When the meeting was over, I thanked the team. I told them that there have been times in my career as a pastor that Finance Meetings were gut-wrenching nightmares. But meetings with these folks are positive, upbeat and hopeful. And for MY money, if you have to go to a meeting- THAT is exactly the kind of meeting you would want to go to! Find your joy where you can- bloom where you are planted!
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