Our church used to be pretty open about it's budget but as it grew (about 900-1,100 members currently) so did the budget. I'm not sure exactly when this started happening but now that the church is claiming we're in a deficit, people that ask for a detailed breakdown are being told 'ain't gonna happen'. The only people that may be aware of the full details of the budget are on the Leadership/Finance Team. Being told to give more or make sacrifices while we're being kept in the dark as to why we're running in the red is unsettling to say the least. Now it appears that we're hiring yet another pastor (Senior, Exec, Associate, Worship Arts, Youth already) as well as paying supporting staff. Several years ago when you had an idea of what some of the numbers were, salaries (no known breakdown of who made what) were over 50% of the budget when we just had a Senior, Associate, Worship Arts and Youth Pastors (and admin). Rumors (I hate them btw) were starting that our Senior Pastor was making $150k but since we (members) can't verify that, no one (except certain people) knows. That was a couple years ago so that figure if true is probably more by now. By not releasing it publically, it opens the door for the enemy via all kinds of speculation and rumors. We're hemmoraging members about as quick as we get them and I can't see how it can change with the way the church is set up. I give willingly to our church and have always stated that if anyone is misusing funds they will have to answer to God for it. I just don't know if I can stay at a place like this.