A church board agenda that focuses on mission would begin with the number of volunteers, stories of people who have benefitted from benevolent ministries, and how the congregation has been an advocate for the poor and those being treated unjustly. Putting these reports first on the agenda is a move in the right direction.
The budget, along with matters of administration and finance, can be worked on in committees, ministry teams, or a leadership group and shared as information in the business meeting. But these should not be lifted up as the priority of the church. What business is your church focused on these days?
Edward H. Hammett, Reaching People Under 40 While Keeping People Over 60