PUBLISHED SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16, 1997
Copyright 1997 The Pensacola News Journal. All
but figures are vague
By Amie K.
PENSACOLA - The high
cost of putting on the revival is always
emphasized during the nightly call for $100
donations at the Pensacola Brownsville Revival.
But church leaders refuse to
say exactly what those costs are.
An abbreviated 1996 financial
statement the church released to the News Journal
lists only $22,402 as revival expenses. It also
lists a series of administrative costs that does
not indicate whether any of those are
attributable to the revival or whether these
costs encompass any salaries:
- Depreciation: $188,729.
- Office: $168,345.
- Utilities: $159,744
- Maintenance: $149,217
- Security: $112,291.
- Janitorial: $42,609.
- Building insurance:
- Distribution: $24,145.
- Gasoline and travel:
- Advertising: $11,543.
- Flowers: $8,586.
- Photography and magazine:
- Lease: $8,001.
- Kitchen: $4,983.
- Building: $4,800.
Church officials just say the
revival is costly.
"It's unreal, the
expenses," church business administrative
assistant Rose Compton said.
Administrative expenses amount
to 14 percent of the Brownsville Assembly of God
budget, and salaries and benefits amount to 15
Associate Pastor Carey
Robertson said he thinks Brownsville's
expenditures for salaries and administration are
more conservative than what churches usually
spend in these areas.
"Normally, churches break
a budget up into three parts, 33 percent of their
budget goes to operating expenses, which includes
mortgage, utilites, maintenance, all those
things, 33 percent goes to ministry and 33
percent into salaries," he said.
"That's generally what the concept is.
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