November 1, 2004
Each congregation will have different needs, but generally a budget of at least $600 is necessary to perform minimal membership functions. A budget of $900 to $1,500 is more appropriate for small to mid-size congregations with active Membership Committees.
Membership committees must generally pay for the following, in many congregations:
A third or more of the Membership budget is commonly consumed by production and purchase of brochures and booklets. New versions of local brochures should be prepared annually, and made available by mid-August when visitor traffic starts to increase.
Here's how one Membership Committee at a two hundred member congregation spends its budget of $940. The committee holds two new-member ceremonies and brunches annually, two sessions of Newcomer Classes and gains approximately twenty members annually.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 21, 2013.
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