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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)




Rollis Erickson


Ineffective financial decision-making has frequently led to nondenominational church failures and contributes to 4,000 to 8,000 churches closing each year in North America. Grounded in stewardship theory, the purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore effective financial decision-making strategies in nondenominational churches that support long term sustainability. Participants were 10 church leaders who successfully used financial decision-making strategies to support long-term sustainability in Central North Carolina was used for this study. Data were collected from semi structured interviews and internal church documents relating to church leadership's financial decision-making and analyzed using thematic analysis. Four themes emerged: budgeting and financial management, leadership development, mission focused, and community trust. A key recommendation is using integrated financial management information systems to create effective budgeting and financial management plans. The implications for positive social change include long-term support to communities through programs designed to improve quality of life, community improvement, and local economic growth.