Should My Church Outsource The Bookkeeping?

Congregations everywhere are trying to ensure their financial system is accurate and safe.  Church fraud and embezzlement continues to be a rapidly growing challenge.  Brotherhood Mutual, a church insurance company shares some shocking statistics that Church Fraud now exceeds what churches give to mission work. “Increasing at an annual rate of nearly six percent, researchers [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Church Administration|0 Comments

Church Credit Cards – Are they worth the risk?

Credit cards and debit cards are extremely convenient.  I rarely carry cash, or even my checkbook anymore.  It is so easy to pull out one of the cards in my wallet.  This is true for many of us, and has been for many years now.  We’ve seen it change the way churches operate; from seeking [...]

By | July 11th, 2017|Church Administration|0 Comments

Five Common Mistakes Churches Make with Money and the Policies to Avoid Them

In June 2017, I was asked to make a presentation for the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ during their Annual Gathering.  The video below is a recreation of my presentation.  The presentation title is Five Common Mistakes Churches Makes with Money and the Policies to Avoid Them.  In my presentation, [...]

By | June 20th, 2017|Church Administration|0 Comments

Does My Church Need An Audit?

  Often within discussions about church finances, the question comes up, “should my church have an audit done?”  Well, similar to other questions asked in church, the answer is, “it all depends…”  The real question behind the question is what needs to be addressed.  What is it you are attempting to accomplish? Some [...]

By | June 15th, 2017|Church Administration|0 Comments

Confidentiality and Church Contributions

I was told, “the treasurer is the only one who ever sees what anyone gives.”  The pastor of this smaller congregation explained to me how good this little church was at keeping the contributions of members a secret.  It was as if this was a point of pride for this congregation.  They aren’t the only [...]

By | June 13th, 2017|Church Administration|1 Comment

Prudent Management of Endowments

A far-to-underutilized-resource in churches and nonprofits is the building of a strong endowment.  Some of our organizations have them, some don't and, sadly, some really don't know.  As I performed an audit on a local church recently, I came across several investment accounts that had not been touched for several years.  As I inquired about them [...]

By | March 12th, 2017|Church Administration|0 Comments