Most Churches today function just like secular businesses do, in the last quarter of the year they start putting together their business plan for the next year. They calculate expected expenditures for the next year, and any new expenditures, derived not through prayer and direction form God but by secular business methods and then calculate how much in tithes they need to fleece through guilt from the congregation to support their plan! Here's a compendium of articles on the subject:
Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs, Colorado) eliminates 202 jobs or 15 percent of its staff in Colorado Springs.
New Life(Colorado Springs, Colorado), the church formerly pastored by Ted Haggard, announced a layoff of 44 people, or 12 percent of its workforce.
First Baptist Church (Weston, Florida) delayed plans for a new $4 million building due to budget shortfalls.
The following Christian colleges are closing because of poor finances: Cascade College (Portland, Oregon), Taylor University undergraduate program (Fort Wayne Indiana), Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Owatonna, Minnesota), Vennard College (University Park, Iowa).
Various missions organizations, nationwide and global charities are also reporting downturns. It's a known fact that during economic downturns, people are more apt to focus their attention on local causes. Missions groups and global charities will be susceptible. We can expect more of this in the months to come especially with some of our mega churches. In other words the church bottom line should not be the same as a business bottom line. Money!