Expense sheet

Please note that no donations are going to compensation. 100% of amounts donated by other than Tom Usher are going into the Land and Building Fund of the Christian Commons Project. It is anticipated that such will remain the case until there are sufficient funds in the Land and Building Fund to lease (temporarily) or to purchase land and until Church administration is a full-time occupation for the executive director and any staff.

Spreadsheets, charts, and graphs to expect

Eventually, ministers' personal expenses will be reflected as a single-line item as salary or wages based upon expense reports for the given period. Church expenses, rather than personal itemized expenses, will then be reflected in the financial statements shown on the website. Concerning communes and missions, the Church will also endeavor to place acquisition- development- and line-and-staff-cost estimates on our website.

From pre-start-up to start-up

The pre-start-up phase was consumed by writing the work, There Is No Such Thing as a Conservative-Republican Christian: Jesus is a small-c communist and Supplement. The start-up phase actually began with work on this website.

Naturally, as the Church moves deeper into start-up and begins to grow, expenses will increase in certain categories. We won't update the information though until there is a substantive change.

As we quoted the IRS in There Is No Such Thing as a Conservative-Republican Christian: Jesus is a small-c communist:

A minister's housing allowance, sometimes called a parsonage allowance or a rental allowance, is excludable from gross income for income tax purposes, but not for self-employment tax purposes.1

The Church will have to weigh these matters.

Lastly, there is the matter of taxes. A peculiarity of the US tax system is that "ministers" are self-employed. This is to avoid directly taxing the church. The minister pays his or her own Social Security and Medicare taxes if the church does not elect to pay them. The exact percentage to add to the expenses list to cover anticipated Income Taxes (including FICA) is not known at this point. The Church isn't required to do withholding on clergy. Also, estimated taxes aren't required the first year of such self-employment.

Reaching initial start-up break-even

A thousand dollars a month can be covered by a hand full of dedicated Real Christians who want to see the Church communes come to fruition.

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics,2 we find that as of August 2006, the median and mean income respectively for those earners in the US who are fifteen and older is $24,325 and $35,499. Using the lower figure to be conservative, staying with no more than tithing, rounded to the nearest thousand, we find the following:

Annual median income
$24,000.00
Multiplied by percentage of income (tithe)
10%
Tithe pledge
$2,400.00
Monthly amount (tithe/12 months)
$200.00
Estimated minimum monthly break-even expenses at start-up
$1,000.00
Divided by monthly amount (tithe/12 months)
TOTAL number of persons tithing for break-even
5

 

Annual median income
$24,000.00
Multiplied by percentage of income
5%
Annual pledge
$1,200.00
Monthly amount
$100.00
Estimated minimum monthly break-even expenses at start-up
$1,000.00
Divided by monthly amount
TOTAL number of persons giving for break-even
10

 

Annual median income
$24,000.00
Multiplied by percentage of income
1%
Annual pledge
$240.00
Monthly amount
$20.00
Estimated minimum monthly break-even expenses at start-up
$1,000.00
Divided by monthly amount
TOTAL number of persons giving for break-even
50

We see that five people earning the median US income and tithing to the Church would cover the initial start-up expenses. Ten people giving half a tithe would cover those costs. Fifty people giving only one dollar to the Church out of each one hundred dollars they earn would cover the expenses. Of course, to grow into an office with staff and then communal property under cultivation and bringing forth for the sake of humanity and the planet will require the contributions of many thousands of people at this income level. Just one person grossing 1.2 million USD a year can cover our initial break-even with as little as one percent of his or her income — one dollar of every hundred. If a person such as that, or several, were to tithe, we'd have a thriving commune in no time with others on the way. There are people in the world earning a great deal more than that each year, as we are all well aware.

The following represents the typical number and size of donations we will need to reach bare bones break-even for the initial start-up phase.

2007 Pledge
Number of Donors
Subtotal
Cumulative Total
Cumulative Percentage
$1,200.00
1
$1,200.00
$1,200.00
10%
$900.00
1
$900.00
$2,100.00
18%
$600.00
2
$1,200.00
$3,300.00
28%
$425.00
3
$1,275.00
$4,575.00
38%
$350.00
3
$1,050.00
$5,625.00
47%
$275.00
5
$1,375.00
$7,000.00
58%
$250.00
7
$1,750.00
$8,750.00
73%
$200.00
7
$1,400.00
$10,150.00
85%
$125.00
10
$1,250.00
$11,400.00
95%
Under $125.00
9
$600.00
$12,000.00
100%
Totals
48
$12,000.00

Being moved to make the sacrifice

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Mark 10:25

Open your heart. Save your soul by saving others who will save yet others.

Our Real Liberal Christian Church can make a solid start now with your personal self-sacrifice and continuing dedication.

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Tithe or better if you are able, if the Holy Spirit gives you to do it, moves your heart to have the real faith to do it. Let us together bring forth the Christian Commons.
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1 "Frequently Asked Tax Questions And Answers: Keyword: Housing Allowance." IRS. http://www.irs.gov/faqs/faq-kw86.html. (accessed: Wednesday, October 25, 2006).

2 "PINC-01. Selected Characteristics of People 15 Years and Over by Total Money Income in 2005, Work Experience in 2005, Race, Hispanic Origin, and Sex." A spreadsheet. U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2006 Annual Social and Economic Supplement. U.S. Census Bureau. (accessed: Wednesday, October 25, 2006).

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    • Hello Tom,

      My husband and I have been looking over your website. We just thought we would pop in and say "Howdy" So how is it going?

      Any prayer requests?

      Bye the bye I was wondering if you would clarify RLCC's position on the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Feel free to use scripture

      Thanks alot,

      Loving You

      Saijah & Quazi

    • This began as a post-comment-reply to the caring comment above by Saijah & Quazi, but quickly developed into a full-fledged post:

      Clarifying the Real Liberal Christian Position on the Gospel of Jesus Christ