For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ (Luke 14:28-30 ESV)
1. Keep Statistics
a. how many people come each Sunday
b. How much do they give
c. How much do you spend on EVERYTHING
2. Gather Your Data
a. What is your growth rate?
b. What is your average giving per person?
c. What are your ongoing costs?
d. What big changes do you desire or expect?
3. Forecast Income
a. Simple math
b. Make a couple of models
4. Forecast Needs
a. If you continue to grow at this rate what will you need?
b. What new expenses will you incur?
c. What current expenses will increase?
5. Forecast Desires
a. What would you like to add?
ii. New Office
b. Set targets for what you need to receive before fulfilling those desires.