Mid-Year Budget Change
(Los Angeles, CA, US)
Our church leadership has been advised to raise certain budget line items mid-year.
Specifically, when an expense class has been exceeded, the deacons review the expense class that has exceeded budget and vote to raise the budget.
The problem that I see here, is that the deacon board is only 10 men and the church budget was adopted and voted on by the church at the beginning of the year.
The raised budget items are never brought to the church as a whole and the congregation is left in the dark about the budget ever being exceeded.
I've always been taught that the budget tells the story or forces the story to be told. If you exceed budget, notify the deacons and then the congregation as to why it was exceeded. I'd love your opinion on this matter.