Financial Transparency | Highland Park Pres.


How We Use Your Gifts

"The world asks, 'What does a man own?' Christ asks, 'How does he use it?'" - Andrew Murray

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Financial Values

There are four values that guide lay leaders and staff in the creation of each year’s budget:

  1. Mission: We value using funds strategically in order to advance our mission of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ.
  2. Stewardship: We value using funds wisely, striving to achieve the maximum impact through the use of minimum resources.
  3. Transparency: We value communicating often and with candor about how we create our budget and how the money is utilized. If you would like a detailed breakdown of Highland Park Pres' budget, contact Executive Director Sarah Good.
  4. Accountability: We value the accountability offered by audited financial statements conducted by a third party, as well as sound internal controls, lay-led committees, and review procedures.

Budget Philosophy

Our budget philosophy is to carefully consider both internal and external factors when developing annual spending for the year.

  • Goals: The budget must line up with the goals of the church, which are focused on advancing our mission. Each year, we review and apply Session-directed priorities.
  • Economy: We evaluate the impact of the economic climate on our members as well as on the city and the nation.
  • Giving: The number of giving households and their giving trends from the past several years are also utilized to build the budget.
  • Stability: Leaders evaluate budget decisions and how they can create long-term stability for our church.
  • Relationships: Ministry is relational and our church needs staff to help members carry out our mission. Highland Park Pres is currently within the industry standard for similar churches with our staffing numbers and budget.

2021/2022 Budget

Ministry: 16% $2,089,482

Worship, spiritual formation, Kids-Adult 60+, leader formation, congregational life

Missions: 10% $1,285,465

Mission trips, global and local mission support, missionaries, church planting

Ministry Services: 21% $2,636,254

Facilities, technology, production, finance, communications, human resources, reserves

Personnel: 53% $6,688,799

Compensation and benefits for all full-time and part-time staff and interns

Total: $12,700,000*

*also includes non-general operating budget designated giving

Our Annual Numbers

General Operating Budget
Actual Giving (Budget)
$6,045,415 (YTD as of Jan. 2022)
Transform Giving per Fiscal Year
$846,195 (YTD as of Jan. 2022)

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