SojournPDX relies on generous givers who faithfully invest in our mission to the city of Portland. Everything costs more when planting a church in the city, but we believe the transforming power of the gospel in the city is worth it. Our hope is to be a family made up of ordinary people, changed by the power of Jesus that are living out his mission by making disciples in our community, city, and world.
A financial budget is more than a list of numbers and line items, it is a document that encompasses vision. Our budget shows the values, priorities, and beliefs of SojournPDX. Below is a break down of our annual (July-June) budget that is created, and overseen by our board of directors. The directors review this budget quarterly and any changes will be communicated to the members of SojournPDX. This budget highlights the costs associated with different elements of our mission, purpose, and strategy. This page also offers a summary behind the why for each financial investment.
OPERATING BUDGET: $180,000/YEAR ($15,000/MONTH)
Our operating budget is the projected amount with our estimated expenses and commitments, to be the church in the city of Portland and pursuing our hope and prayer of introducing Portland to Jesus while learning to follow Him ourselves.
47% OF BUDGET SALARIES AND BENEFITS: $84,600/YEAR ($7,050/MONTH)
We believe the best resource to invest in is people equipping the church for ministry. This figure includes salaries based on our leaders financial needs, cost of living in Portland, and fair compensation. This number also includes the cost of health insurance, and payroll taxes. We view this as an investment in gospel and missional growth as they are able to leverage 40+ hours a week for training, preparation, shepherding, and oversight.
16.5% OF BUDGET GATHERINGS AND LEADERSHIP EQUIPPING:$31,000/YEAR ($2,583.33/MONTH)
This includes rent, supplies, and other costs associated with hosting weekly worship gatherings. It also includes the costs for rent and supplies for leadership trainings and equipping. This amount includes SojournPDX paying a future costs of $1,500/month to rent a gathering space.. This is a resource to gather and equip the church for scattered mission throughout the city in gospel communities. This number also includes costs associated with retreats, resources, and coaching to invest in leaders.
10% MISSIONS/CHURCH PLANTING: $18,000/YEAR ($1500/MONTH)
We support church planting efforts through three relational organizations: The Table Network, NAMB, and IMB. These groups help assess, train, and support church planting teams throughout the US and oversees.
20% OPERATIONS: $36,000/YEAR ($1200/MONTH)
6.5% START-UP COSTS: $13,000/First year
*These start up costs will help with moving and the purchase of equipment needed in the first years of the church.