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Townhall 3 - Finance and Administration
Please take a few moments to respond to this brief survey. These surveys give each person the opportunity to have a voice to leadership, and help lead us in the direction which best serves our families.
By God’s Grace the “New Start from the Heart” campaign has reduced our short term and long-term debt by how much?
If God blessed SJLS and church with a $200,000.00 donation and you oversaw spending the money, what would be your top priority?
Education, hire more staff and pay current staff competitive salaries
Capital improvements, fix up everything that needs fixed
Building fund, it’s time to invest in our number one mission - the school!
Missions, we need to spread God’s word, not build buildings
What does the bible suggest is the proper a biblical tithe?
5% of all you earn
10% of all you earn
15% after taxes
Proportional giving based on your gifts and talents
All the above
Does the staff of SJLS & Church provide more value than the paycheck they receive?
YES, absolutely. The staff has a passion to teach and live God’s grace through Christ
YES, but after a while their passion fades and they seem overwhelmed
Most do, but a few are only here for the paycheck
NO, maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit
Would you support the expansion of the Endowment Fund and use only the proceeds (interest) to help offset the operating budget?
YES, if we only use the proceeds from the fund
YES, and I would consider contributing to such a fund in the future
NO, we should pay our bills from regular giving
NO, I would not consider contributing to this type of fund
Should all SJLS students pay the same tuition (member and non-member)?
YES, the school is an outreach mission for both members and non-members
NO, members support the church as well as the school. Non-members only support the school at St. Johns.
YES, but we need a scholarship program that financially supports both members and non-members based on NEED.
Is it time to seriously consider a school expansion program (building campaign)?
YES, the school is busting at the seams and we have a wonderful opportunity to use the school to share God’s love
YES, only if we can eliminate our debt, raise 25-35% of the capital before starting construction, and be assured tuition will cover 95% of the increased operating expense
NO, our school is a great mission, but adding more debt is not a good idea for SJLS and Church right now. There are other more important missions.
Are you tired of hearing about money and debt at the church and school? What can or should we do about it?
Once the congregation has approved the budget, let the various leadership boards deal with the day to day money issues, we don’t need to vote on every money detail.
As much as I don’t like dealing with the church’s money problems, all of us must pay attention and participate in most voters’ meetings
I’m fine with hearing about SJLS and Church’s money issues, with God’s help it always works out.
I have other ideas that I think will help. (please leave a note with your ideas)
Other ideas that may help:
We should monitor spending better so we won't be in debt.
We should never borrow from Special Funds.
Sometimes I get upset when only a few seem to pay for it all!
Being in debt is a way of life even for the church.
I would like leadership to explore more third source funding options.
The school is a major cause of our money issues and spends way too much money.
I am doing as much as I can. Financially I cannot contribute anymore.
I would like to see more regular reviews of our Profit and Loss statements, along with explanations.
The SMP has ESTIMATED that in order to keep pace with our current rate of spending and not increase debt - we must increase our annual income by 6% or $160,000.00, how do we do that?
If SJLS is short of funds after tuition comes in how should we pay for that?
Borrow the money short term and adjust tuition up in the next school year
Make parents aware at enrollment time, they may have a slight tuition adjustment based on always needing to balance the school budget
Ask the congregation to do some short term borrowing to make up the difference
Do a debt drive or 3rd source fund raising to cover the short fall
Should we have a debt drive yearly?
Should we regularly post our giving shortfall?
Should we promote more electronic giving, a kiosk, or an app like Dip Jar?
Is now the time for a business administrator?
If we don't get an administrator how do we get more volunteers?
Any additional comments or suggestions:
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