Tell the story of your church’s ministry
Put YOUR Pictures in it!
We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, so follow these guidelines to create your own picture budget instead of the usual (See samples by clicking on links below):
Open with a friendly, personal letter from the pastor — don’t forget the pastor’s picture!
Full-color, multi-page narrative budgets
United Church of Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill NC (929KB)
A PDF of the church’s PowerPoint narrative budget, with photos, pie charts, ministry lists, critical notes and more in one-page highlights of each mission/ministry category.
Bethany UCC — Cuyahoga Falls OH (968KB)
Designed to print on both sides of four legal pages, this budget uses numbers sparingly but is still effective.
Christ Church UCC — Orrville OH (538KB)
An 11-page budget with percentages, pie charts, ministry lists and photos in one-page summaries of each budget area.
Church of the Redeemer UCC — Westlake OH (1.2 MB)
A more elaborate, 17-page booklet with narrative, pie charts and lots of color photographs.
Hillsborough UCC — Hillsborough NC (396 KB)
Designed in Word to print on legal pages, this budget includes a number of categories with explanatory text.
The UCC of New Smyrna Beach FL (384 KB)
Ten pages with narrative, photographs, pie charts and percentages.
Pilgrim Congregational UCC — Cleveland OH (2 MB)
Lots of photographs, a little bit of narrative, and no numbers!
Holy Covenant UCC (816 KB)
Designed to print on three legal pages on the church’s color printer, this budget incorporates a range of ways for readers to engage budget information.
Penn West Conference (357 KB)
A 16-page booklet with narrative and photos.
One-page, double-sided, color budgets
Connecticut Conference (704 KB)
A double-sided page with narrative, numbers and pie charts.
Indiana-Kentucky Conference (576 KB)
A legal-sized page, printed both sides offers a simple but effective narrative budget style.
Central Atlantic Conference (88 KB)
A Word document without photos, but with narrative that highlights both the income and expense sides of the budget.
One-page, one-sided, black-and-white budgets
Plymouth UCC (129 KB)
A one-page, one-side, one-color narrative budget with narrative, numbers, and some fun clip art.