Creating a Narrative Budget

Free Course

The new course is written and hosted by the Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity, who will introduce the course and set up each of the sessions in videos. Ken will also serve as instructor for the course, interacting with participants through their responses to questions throughout the course, and answering questions that might arise.

Along with the course content, students will download a Narrative Budget Workbook in versions that will open in either Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. With the workbook, participants will enter their local church’s budget (and a few other bits of information), and the workbook will organize those line items into broad ministry areas – a key tool in presenting a narrative budget!

Through eight self-paced sessions, participants will learn generosity theory as well as the practical nuts and bolts of constructing a narrative budget, including:

  • What moves people to give?
  • Different roles for line-item & narrative budgets
  • Naming your buckets (ministry areas)
  • Fitting apportionments/mission shares into ministry areas
  • Choosing a format for sharing your narrative budget
  • Tips for designing an attractive and effective narrative budget

The Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity at Discipleship Ministries. He is a clergy member of the Greater New Jersey Conference, where he served 20+ years in local church ministry (including a successful new church start) and 5 years as the Director of Connectional Ministries. In 2006 he was appointed to serve as Director of Communications Ministry at United Methodist Communications, and traveled extensively across the denomination doing presentations on how to interpret connectional giving to our local churches. Ken has authored the courses “Disciples Living Generously,” and “Generous Church Leadership“. Ken is the author of the “2017-20 Local Church Guidelines for Stewardship” (Cokesbury), and a contributor to the “2017-20 Guidelines for Finance and the advance Lay Servant course, “Connectional Living, Connectional Giving”.