Financial Statement

This is my church’s most recent financial update.

“First Fruits” represents 13% off the top of the budget that is given directly to other ministries and churches outside of our own church.


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Evangelical Christian living in Southern California. I live with my wife and whatever foster children happen to be in our home at this moment. I love photography, baseball, movies and I'm fascinated by Mormonism.

24 thoughts on “Financial Statement

  1. I’m guessing “Misc. Income” is money your pastors gain by dressing up like homeless people and scamming would-be charitable givers out of a few bucks. Slick, very slick.

    (And just in case someone thinks I’m being serious, you need to read the other “hot thread” on this blog.)

  2. Boy, staffing sure is expensive (and it’s not like church employees are typically overpaid either).

    It occurs to me that the time contributions of lay Mormons may outstrip the value of their tithing payments.

  3. Staffing includes salary, health benefits, social security and disability payments. It adds up quick.

    I think the “misc income” comes from sales of worship CDs and books. Most of that income is from interest.

  4. Yeah, the breakdown looks like any other business* I’ve worked for: employees cost the most by far, followed by facilities costs.

    Is this the full detail of the report, or do you get a breakdown of each category? For example, do you know what each employee earns, both in salary and benefits? Do you know how much money went to each ministry?


    *Not saying that your church is “just any other business.”

  5. Brian J.
    That’s NOT what was implied. Misrepresentation is neither a good Christian nor Mormon trait.

  6. I attend RockHarbor in Costa Mesa, CA

    We do not get more detailed reports, but if we wanted to know what the church was paying in electricity cost (for example), I believe we could set up an appointment with the business administrator to find out. I do not believe that they would release the specifics of what each pastor makes.

    I have seen specifics before on how much and where the “first fruits” money was spent.

  7. 5,000 – 6,000 depending on whether or not school is in session. 60% of the congregation is between 18-26 so we experience some large seasonal shifts.

  8. We have 7 different services:

    6pm Saturday
    9am Sunday
    10am Sunday (satellite service at a night club)
    11am Sunday
    11am Sunday (satellite service)
    7pm Sunday
    9pm Sunday

    The satellite services have a video of the preaching and a live band for worship.

  9. Damn, Tim. I didn’t know you were a mega-churcher. I’ve never been to a church with more than 3 services a week. When I went to Rock Canyon Assembly of God in Provo, they had 90-120 on a Sunday morning and that was considered “big” for Protestants in Provo. I visited the Nazarene church in Provo once and they only had 15 at their service, which they said was normal for them.

    Orem Evangelical Free/Christ Evangelical had a lot more than RCAG though. That was where almost all of the other evangelical BYU students went.

  10. To be fair to me, when I first started going 7 years ago, we only had 1200 people. So it was but a giant church not a mega-church.

    It’s an exciting place to be and I’ve never seen so many new converts in my entire Christian life.

  11. I watched the service while chasing my daughter through the 14 million rooms of the mega-church, each with its own screen showing the sermon. She was especially fond of the coffee shop, a shadow of things to come no doubt.

    The music was loud and hurtie on my ears.

  12. Tim said:

    I do not believe that they would release the specifics of what each pastor makes.

    In at least two of the Protestant churches I attended in my pre-LDS days, the pastor’s salary was specifically voted on by the entire congregation at an annual congregational meeting. Both of those were in congregationally structured denominations (one evangelical, one not).

    Tim also said:

    … when I first started going 7 years ago, we only had 1200 people. So it was but a giant church not a mega-church.

    Where I live, 1,200 people is a megachurch.

  13. ooh.. how cool… I love the service options. I would definately love to attend an evening service “if” I had that option, but in a small rural midwest town, no such luck. 9 pm sounds like a great time for worship!!

    God bless,

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