Our Finance Committee
Members of the Finance Committee are responsible for the management of the congregation’s funds. We strive to conduct business according to the United Church of Canada’s financial guidelines and the Canada Revenue Agency’s rules and regulations for charitable organizations. We are not fundraisers, but rather overseers of the funds raised.
Our budget process
At Harcourt, committees are encouraged to develop a “proactive budget” that helps us get to where we want to go. The proactive budget connects every dollar spent to the church’s mission, purpose, and vision and asks members to consider: “What should we be doing?” rather than, “What can we do?” Each fall, Harcourt committees submit budget proposals for the upcoming year to the Finance Committee for review, then submission to Council and finally approval at the Annual Congregational Meeting.
There was great sense of energy and common cause at Harcourt’s Annual Meeting on March 1, 2020. We listened to visioning narratives staged on Groundhog Day 2025 – that’s only five years into Harcourt’s future. Our focus was imagining what some losses and possibilities might look like. We listened to the 10-year trends of financial revenues and expenditures at Harcourt. We listened to each other in small group discussions about what Harcourt ministries energize or nourish us and keep us connected to Harcourt. We listened to the overview of desired uses of funding in 2020 and the potential impacts of a balanced or deficit budget.
It is clear that people are passionate about their participation in all that connects them to faith within our community: the worshipper in us worships; the student in us studies; the singer in us sings; the server in us serves; the comforter in us comforts; the leader in us leads. The percentages differ one person to the next. Reflecting on our passions and involvements in this way is an old practice.
As we continue in our journey of discovery, we invite you to review the Financial Slides that were presented at the annual meeting.