2023 annual campaign
What is the Operating Budget?
There are two main ways to support PRUMC financially. One is to donate to seasonal “special offerings” on 8 Sundays of the year when we collect money for designated outreach initiatives. Think of the Turkey Drive, Water for Kenya, Wesley Woods Mother’s Day and others. 100% of funds collected for these outreach initiatives go to these partner organizations. Peachtree Road collects approximately $2.0 million annually for these agencies through special offering Sundays.
The other way to support Peachtree Road UMC is annually to the “Operating Budget” campaign. Funds from the Operating Budget support the overall ministries and functions of the church. This includes all things that contribute to carrying out our mission throughout the year. A few components are: staff and clergy salaries, worship elements, music licensing, evangelism marketing, Sunday School and Bible study materials, A/V equipment, office machinery, vendor contracts, HVAC, conference apportionments and so much more.
What is our 2023 Target Goal?
The 2023 target for the Operating Budget is $7.5 million. This does not include donations to the seasonal special offerings. The breakdown by expense category looks like this.
Why is it important to support the Operating Budget?
The Church Operating Budget is what keeps all church buildings heated, cooled and operating, pays staff and clergy, covers contracts and licenses and financially supports the many ministries of Peachtree Road.
12% of the Church Operating Budget goes to further support the agencies who benefit from the seasonal special offerings. Even though our partner agencies benefit from special offerings, we are committed to their ministries as an extension of our own. We further support them through our local and global outreach ministries as part of our annual mission.
How does the 2023 budget target of $7.5 million compare to 2022?
This is an increase of $450,000 from the 2022 budget of $7,050,000, which is a 6.3% increase.
There are several contributing factors to the increase in the Operating Budget in 2023 including: inflation of 6-9% for a large portion of this year which is likely to continue into and through much of 2023, increased expenses for insurance and security and long-overdue pay raises for staff that began starting in the second half of 2022.
For example, the cost to operate and maintain our buildings and grounds will have increased $300,000 from 2021 to 2023, representing a 19% increase in this 2-year period.
For more information
If you have questions about giving, pledging or other financial matters, please contact Roger Laney, PRUMC Controller at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are ready to make your 2023 commitment to the PRUMC Operating Budget, you may do so by clicking the buttons below. Thank you!