Almost all church budgets are compromised, watered-down, and squeezed-out documents. They are negative. They have no power to stir people's souls. They are divisive and invite argument.
The hard-nosed giver, when invited to pledge, will ask, "What's the budget?" Answer that question and no matter what you say, you are lost. The average budget provides no reason for generous giving and countless excuses for token giving. It is at best hesitant and fearful and at worst static and apologetic.
Ashley Hale, The Lost Art of Church Fund-raising