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more about Centerpoint Church, Pagosa Springs CO

I just wanted to wrap up a couple of items from our visit to Centerpoint Church in Pagosa Springs, CO.

I hear that all sorts of terrible things about evangelical churches generally and Southern Baptist churches in particular, about how they’ve become “circus churches” or outsize self-help groups, or what-have-you, but I was pleased to note that Centerpoint listed nine Bible studies in their bulletin. Of these four were studies of books of the Bible: Luke, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews, and 1 John; two were topical: “Intimacy with God” and “Study of the Love of God;” and two were of the sort that would bother more conservative Christians: a Beth Moore study called “A Heart Like His” and a Kevin Leman study called “Becoming the Parent God Wants You to Be.” Maybe I’m grading on a curve, but I’m not inclined to get too upset about this.

Centerpoint is also doing something I’ve seen in several Baptist churches recently: they’re giving weekly updates on their financial year to date. Here are the numbers:

  • Month to date giving:    $  29,419
  • Month to date budget:  $  33,336
  • Year to date giving:       $213,780
  • Year to date budget:     $233,332

I won’t suggest that I know what the best thing is to do about this; it indicates that they’re in the red for the month/year at the moment, but it isn’t much information. I don’t know, for example, if they’re budget is seasonally adjusted, or if there are parts of the year where they always lag budget, or what, exactly. I have a sneaking suspicion these numbers aren’t intended to inform so much as to spur additional giving. It’s also hard to make sense of them without knowing attendance numbers, attendance vs. donor numbers, etc.

About all I can say about this is that they’re running a relatively small budget ($400-500k annual) for a prime location. I would guess they’re not spending much on debt service, and it’s safe to say they aren’t paying very many six-figure salaries.

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