Church Finance Resources

 

Through the work of Toward Bold Faithfulness, church financial strain was identified as a top challenge that Fellowship congregations face. As a result, CBF and the CBF Foundation are actively addressing this issue through the creation of resources and support directed at all facets of church financial health. Our areas of focus include church budgets, stewardship and generosity, addressing capital needs, legacy giving, endowments, understanding the work of the CBF Foundation and rethinking facilities and church property as assets.

Rickey Letson serves as CBF's Congregational Stewardship Officer and would be happy to talk with you or your church about any of these areas. Below you find downloadable print resources, videos and recent articles from our monthly church finance e-newsletter Generous Fellowship. For more information or if you have questions, please reach out to Rickey directly at rletson@cbf.net or 678-230-8341.

Resources

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Growing Generous Followers

These lessons for adults, youth and children have been made available to you and your church to be used for a focused time of study on what it means to be good stewards.
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Congregational Financial Health Assessment

A simple questionnaire to help churches gauge their financial health.
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Legacy Gift Guide for Churches

A guide from the CBF Foundation to help churches strengthen legacy giving.
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Q & A Getting to Know The CBF Foundation

Getting to Know the CBF Foundation

A Q&A with CBF Foundation President Shauw Chin Capps
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Called into Fellowship

See how your church gifts help form healthy congregations, nurture young Baptists and share the love of Christ through the long-term presence of CBF field personnel around the world.
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Bequest Template Packet

Templates for church leaders associated with the CBF Foundation to customize and share with their congregations. Packet includes: email template, website integration template, Facebook post template, program/brochure print blurb template and phone script.
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New Year's Resolution Toolkit for Bequests

A resolution-themed toolkit for churches to share to customize and share with their congregations in January.
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QCD/Stock Template Packet

Templates for church leaders associated with the CBF Foundation to customize and share with their congregations. This packet includes QCD/Stock email template, QCD/Stock website integration template, QCD and Stock Facebook post templates and QCD/Stock bulletin insert.
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12 Best Practices for Church Budgets

Learn and implement these best practices for your church budgeting process.
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Videos

Generous Fellowship Articles

  • The Challenge & Potential of Gifts In-Kind
    By Shauw Chin Capps, CBF Chief Development Officer & CBF Foundation President Gifts in-kind or gifts of non-financial assets are a very tricky component of church giving. These types of gifts certainly have the potential to be a win-win for both the donor and the congregation, IF the gift matches a very specific […]
  • Not All Months Are Alike: Historic Giving Trends & Monthly Revenue Goals
    By Rickey Letson, CBF Congregational Stewardship Officer When I was a pastor, I always dreaded seeing the January church financial report. The first month of the year was almost always our worst month from a giving perspective. In our church, only July rivaled January for the top spot in the list […]
  • Give to Your Church & Save on Taxes
    By Shauw Chin Capps, CBF Chief Development Officer & CBF Foundation President While getting a tax deduction is not the sole motivation for most people who give to their church, research suggests that it has always been an important factor for all types of charitable giving. If we can create a […]
  • The Employee Retention Credit: Another Payroll Credit for Churches?
    By Rickey Letson The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) opened up a whole new world for many churches. For the first time in their existence, churches applied for and received forgivable government loans in the early days of COVID-19. Of course, there was a lot of debate about the ethics of […]

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