Just about every church treasurer I know worries about how to help their congregation have a clear understanding of its finances.
Part of the problem is that our brains just cannot absorb the numbers. There are too many, and it is too hard to remember how the data from one page relates to data on the next.
Another problem is the way inflation makes it impossible to easily compare one year with the next — especially if we want to know how we are doing this year compared to 10 years ago. In 2004, $100 would buy what you need $118 for today. So if we raised $100 a decade ago and the same this year, you might think we were holding steady. In fact, we have lost ground by almost 20 percent.
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