While discussing a budget or remodel may not sound all that exciting, they are both focused on the future. A budget is about more than dollars and cents; it’s about lives being transformed by the power of God.
More than Dollars and Cents
Our annual ministry plan is not a budget - it's a plan to change lives.
Annual Ministry Plan
The Greatest Stories
are written by those who walk in faith. They are disciplined dreamers who take Jesus at his word and live accordingly:
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 17:20).
A budget is about more than dollars and cents; it’s about lives being transformed by the power of God.
Our elders and staff have recommended an annual budget of $1,405,653 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. On a weekly basis, this means we will need $27,031 to fully fund our ministry and operations. This includes our spending on ministries and missions, as well as fixed expenses such as payroll, insurance, utilities, etc. It reflects our continuing efforts to be good stewards of our resources.
In preparing our annual budget, we take into account our income — the money we receive from your tithes and offerings. For the fiscal year 2016-2017, we project our income will be $1,452,358 (we project income between the time the budget is created and the end of the fiscal year). This number only includes our general fund giving; it does not include additional money given to EnVision. We believe it is a good indicator of our giving capacity and potential.
Our 2017-2018 budget includes ministry spending that will help us accomplish our mission of Glorifying God, Growing in Jesus, and Going into the World. It continues our support of mission partners serving both domestically and internationally.
Our church planting partners are supported through money we set aside in 2014 from a special financial gift.
As you hear us say quite often around Mountainview, thank you for your generosity — it is making a world of difference!
How Does the Ministry Plan Happen?
Our elders and staff believe that God responds to our prayers. As we approach our planning season, we spend dedicated time in prayer – seeking God’s direction.
Beginning in June of each year, our finance team begins assembling information regarding income and expenses. This is then provided to our senior leadership. We base our planning off of the previous fiscal year’s income. Mountainview’s staff then meets for an extended planning meeting. Each of our proposed spending items must be in accordance with our 3G mission (Glorify, Grow, Go).
Following our extended staff planning, our senior leadership presents a proposed ministry plan to our elders for final approval. Once it has received elder approval, it must be affirmed by at least 75% of our members.
Every January we have a full audit performed by the accounting firm Posti and Adams. This full audit is provided to our mortgage company as well as our elder team.
Our fiscal year is October 1 through September 30 of the following year.