Sharing Resurrection Hope

 Overview of Proposed 2021 Budget
Members and friends of the First Baptist Church of Asheville are invited to review the proposed 2021 budget.
– An overview of that budget is provided here.
– A link to the line item budget is available here.
– A hard copy of this information along with the budget overview has been mailed with final 2020 statements that are going out November 4 and following.
– You may also request a hard copy of the line item budget by calling the church office at 828.252.4781.
Proposed spending in all areas except personnel have remained at 2020 levels. The $55,606 increase in personnel includes the following changes:
(a) Integration of approved increases to salaries of ministers that were funded in 2020 by an anonymous donor. We are moving these increases into the proposed 2021 budget.
(b) A one dollar and hour increase in the salaries of support staff and expansion of 5 hours per week for the pastor’s assistant.
(c) A 10% increase in health insurance costs.
The 2021 budget has been reviewed by staff, key councils, the Personnel Committee, and the Finance Committee. It comes as a recommendation from the deacons. 
During this season in which the church is not meeting in person, questions and comments about the proposed 2021 budget are invited through email and phone. Please forward any questions to the following resources: 
Bob Busey
Chair of Deacons
Mary Cunningham
Chair of Finance
Leesa Brandon
Chair of Personnel
Mack Dennis
Senior Pastor
David Blackmon
Coordinating Pastor
Steps for Final Approval of the 2020 Budget: The congregation will have the month of November to review and forward questions to the persons above. The Finance Committee will make a final review of the budget and giving to the 2021 budget on November 16. The deacons will review this final recommendation of the Finance Committee on December 7. The congregation will vote via phone and an online survey beginning on Sunday, December 13 through Sunday, December 21.
Opportunities to Discuss the 2021 Budget: The church will offer the following ways to discuss the 2021 budget in the coming weeks:
 By Phone  Call one of the leaders above to discuss your questions and hopes.
Email – Email one of the leaders above to explore a question or hope.
By ZOOM  Join one of the live online conversations via Zoom on Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 15 at 1:00 p.m. Information is in our church e-newsletter or can be received by emailing David Blackmon.
Voting on the 2021 Budget and 2021-2022 Leaders: The congregation will be asked to vote by phone and/or online beginning Sunday, December 13 through Sunday, December 20. Phone votes may be registered at 828.252.4781. Watch your email for a link to the online survey. Listen for updates via robocall.
Two items will be voted on:
(1) Affirm the 2020-2021 leaders shared with the congregation by the Leadership Selection Committee in June 2020. 
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(2) Affirm the 2021 budget.
Members will be asked to vote YES or NO on each item. 
Thank you for your care of our church and support of funding God’s work in and through us.

On behalf of the Deacons and the Finance committee, and as fellow travelers on the journey, we would like to first and foremost thank you for your faithfulness and continued support of FBCA and its ministries. In these challenging times, you have continued to do and be the church in creative and meaningful ways. You have met the unique challenges of this time in our church’s history with your innovative spirit, your faithful financial gifts, as well as your generous donations of food to our community partners during this pandemic. As we enter a new season and a new church year, we invite you to boldly embrace the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. We challenge you to invest yourselves, generously sharing your heart, your talents, and your financial resources.
Our generosity theme this year is Sharing Resurrection Hope. As our pastor, Mack Dennis, noted, “Resurrection now means to meet extraordinary challenges with extraordinary hope.” God has given us everything we need to be the people and the church God needs us to be. Please join us in this exciting adventure.
Peace and joy,
Mary Cunningham, chair of Finance Committee
Robert Busey, chair of Deacons

Overview of Budget Proposal 2021





Nurturing Generosity Along the Way of Grace

Giving generously at First Baptist Church of Asheville empowers unique expressions of God’s way in the world. Each dollar given, every hour shared, becomes living grace. Through the work of a ministry council in a new program, such as FirstShine Learning center, or a staff member visiting at the hospital bedside of a member or friend, generosity unfolds as divine gift. These acts of mercy enrich our lives and call us into a deeper living of Via Karis, our own way of grace.
Why we give . . .
     The church has always depended on the generosity of its members to thrive. Yet, the church is more than a charity—it is an alternative economy in the world, by which the world may know what true community looks like. Just as the early church began by “selling their possessions and goods and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:24), so also our church seeks to embody this original, radical mission.
What we give . . .
     Scripture presents diverse examples of faithful people sharing money and possessions. We ask members to give a tithe (10%) of their income to support our missions and ministries (Deut 12:5-6). Those experiencing economic hardship are invited to give what they are able. Gifts of every amount make a profound difference by building and sustaining out congregation’s authentic Christian witness.
Where our gifts go . . .
     Our budget is a detailed expression of sacrificial love. Our gifts support: a bold and inspiring array of mission and ministries in Asheville and around the world; theological formation of all ages; our dedicated staff; and our beautiful Sanctuary and surrounding buildings, which are shared at little or no cost with our neighbors throughout the city and region.


Thank you for supporting God’s mission through our church.

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