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Ep. 219: What’s Up At MinistryWatch?

Usually, we do interviews on these mid-week episodes, but today an update on what’s going on at MinistryWatch.

The main reason I wanted to do this episode was to tell you about our new MinistryWatch 1000 Executive Survey.

I also want to let you know where we are financially.   The budget for MinistryWatch is about $450-thousand a year.  Our fiscal year begins July 1.  That means we’re in the fifth month of our fiscal year.  And I’m happy to report that we are more or less on budget both in terms of revenue and expenses.

But I should also note that the last two months of the year kinds of make-or-break us.  Giving Tuesday takes place in the last week of November this year, and – of course – there’s year-end giving, which for us and for a lot of non-profits are critical times.

Our year-end goal – and by that I mean our combined goal for November and December – is $81,000.  That’s $25,000 for the month of November and $56,000 for the month of December.  These are big numbers for us.  I also know that for a lot of people, maybe for you, times are tough, or they are – at a minimum – not as good as they were last year.  The stock market is way down.  Inflation is up.  Lots of us are watching our purse strings.

That said, if you can afford to help us out over the next 60 days, we would be grateful.  Here at MinistryWatch we encourage people to give to their local church first.  We think that’s where the vast majority of Christian giving should go.  If you will allow me to use a biblical metaphor, we believe the church is the Body of Christ, and just as we have physical bodies, we should feed it in ways to keep it healthy and growing.

Well, thanks for indulging me these few minutes to give you an update of things here at MinistryWatch.  Please checkout Kim Roberts article on our new MinistryWatch 1000 Executive Survey, and if you have any feedback for me, you can always just hit the reply button on our daily emails.  Those responses come directly to me.  I’m always delighted to hear from you.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Jeff McIntosh. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, Emily Kern, Rod Pitzer, and Casey Sudduth.

Until next time – May God bless you.