Well, first and foremost, we pay our expenses. Our pastor and childrens' co-ordinator receive a salary. We pay rent on our building,
cover utilities, and make sure there's plenty of coffee on Sunday morning.
Above that, we always endeavor to keep an emergency fund. Finally, we give to others. We help with summer camp and retreat scholarships. We help support some missionaries. We sponsor families and organizations around the holidays. And that's just the big stuff!
The important thing is that we don't do any of this in the dark. We have a finance team that helps make routine decisions throughout the year. And at least once a year we have a full church business meeting in which all expenses are shared and all account balances are disclosed. Comments and questions are welcome anytime.