How does Grace’s income from giving compare with other churches?
Grace’s income is lower than most similar churches with our attendance. More than 30% of all the money that comes into Grace goes to ministry and missions outside the church and staff. We are glad Grace has an outward focus even in our giving. And though there are many generous and supportive people at Grace, many who come are not able or have not yet considered giving regularly to the work of our church
There has been a fairly consistent pattern of annual giving reaching about 1.5 million or so. Until we begin to see that increasing, we felt it wise to take a more conservative approach, especially in light of the economy.
Our financial folks work hard to protect your privacy and keep your giving confidential. But there's enough raw data to extrapolate general trends anonymously. We estimate that half of our contributors are giving under $250 this fiscal year (ending 8/31). About 3% gave over $10,000. We have no contributors donating over $50,000. Grace is an elder led church so the Session sets the budget but we welcome your input and feedback.
What is the breakdown of Grace's budget?
The Grace Church budget for 2015/16 is $1.5million. The percentage breakdown is :
Woship and Arts 37%, Discipeship 15%, Youth 13%, Children 12%, Community and Mercy 12%, Missions 11%.
- Staff salaries are evaluated by our subscribing to national survey data which provides information on the norms for every ministry position. It is further broken down by church size, budget size and area of the nation.
- Staff are all under supervision and work in accordance with well defined job descriptions. Their performance is reviewed annually with goals for improvement being set.
What can I do as part of the Grace body to help the church financially?
One of the most important things you can do is pray. We know that God is in control and that He can provide. We need the body to pray for the future of our church.
For those in the body who are able and feel led, we ask you to give. There are multiple ways to give to the church.
What do I do if I have additional questions?
There are multiple ways to access church leadership if you have questions.
1. Website: Send an email with your questions.
2. Bulletin: Fill out a connect card.
4. Phone: Call the church office at: 828.891.2006.
Questions or Comments?
Grace Community Church
495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC 28759
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8:30 am-1:00 pm Friday
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