Expectation Three of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
Since CMBA is a member-based family of churches, it is dependent on the financial support of family members. Every church is expected to contribute annually to the general budget of CMBA either through a set amount, a special offering or gift, or a percentage of the undesignated offerings from their church. The long-term goal is for three percent of undesignated church offerings to be contributed to the family of congregations (CMBA).
It is felt that even the smallest churches with fragile income can contribute a minimum of $25 per month or $300 per year. The majority of our contributing churches give the range of $1,000 to $30,000 per year. To provide services, support, and missional leadership for our approximately 95 congregations requires an average of $2,800 per year from each congregation. Twenty-three of our congregations provide at least this amount annually, and we are grateful that their commitment allows us to serve our congregations.
Our goal would be to have 100 percent of our churches contributing financially to our association with half of them giving at least $2,800 per year and a percentage basis of their tithes and offering to their church budget. If churches give based on a percentage, their contributions might grow each year.
- CMBA Commitment: We will provide regular reports as to how the funds provided by member churches are being used to fulfill Our One Priority of Starting and Strengthening Congregations to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities.
The Visionary Leadership Community (formerly Administrative Team) of CMBA has been working on a set of expectations for member churches and church network connections. These have now been approved by the VLC and will be shared for affirmation with the Missional Leadership Community (formerly Executive Board) during their September 2019 meeting.