I ran across an American Unitarian Association booklet “Church finance and accounting” — undated, but having internal examples suggesting 1914 — that makes for fun reading. On the one hand, some things were very different then. It includes a review of the proprietor (pew owner) and pew rental system, and deprecates both to the free-pew… Continue reading Historical Unitarian church accounting!
So now I’m curious what the total congregational expenditures and membership numbers tell us. How much church “do you get” for the money? This goes right to the question of church development. These are fair, but rarely asked questions when the promoted culture is “give, baby, give.” Must you have $2,000 to spare per head… Continue reading Patience while I review the numbers