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Narrative Budgets

In the Cornerstone Fund workshop, Budgets That Inspire Giving, we review samples of narrative budgets (also known as “mission spending plans”) like these, which have been prepared by UCC churches and conferences.

Full-color, multi-page narrative budgets

Land of the Sky UCC — Asheville NC
A PDF of the church’s narrative budget, with photos, pie charts, and lots of telling-the-story!

Holy Covenant UCC — Charlotte NC
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.

United Church of Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill NC
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
Designed to print on both sides of four legal pages, this budget uses numbers sparingly but is still effective.

Christ Church UCC — Orrville OH
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
A more elaborate, 17-page booklet with narrative, pie charts and lots of color photographs.

Hillsborough UCC — Hillsborough NC
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
Ten pages with narrative, photographs, pie charts and percentages.

Pilgrim Congregational UCC — Cleveland OH
Lots of photographs, a little bit of narrative, and no numbers!

Penn West Conference
A 16-page booklet with narrative and photos.

One-page, double-sided, color budgets

Connecticut Conference
A double-sided page with narrative, numbers and pie charts.

Indiana-Kentucky Conference
A legal-sized page, printed both sides offers a simple but effective narrative budget style.

Central Atlantic Conference
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
A one-page, one-side, one-color narrative budget with narrative, numbers, and some fun clip art.