The end of the fiscal year and tax year is just weeks away. How is your church preparing to meet the legal requirements and standard good bookkeeping practices? This checklist from CapinCrouse can help you stay on target! (Photo: kenteegardin, Creative Commons)
People’s eyes generally glaze over when they see a church’s line-item budget. What do all those numbers and categories mean? It’s daunting! A narrative budget helps explain finances in a way people can readily understand … and get behind! From the Center on Faith and Giving.
The good news: Charitable giving is on the rise. The bad news: Giving to faith organizations is on the decline. What can religious leaders do to help? Perhaps more transparency would help. This resource from Luther Seminary explores.
Statistics show that overall charitable giving is going up, especially in areas of public benefit and the environment. Yet giving to religious organizations is declining. What are we doing wrong? Author and Yale Divinity teacher Jim Elrod suggests churches adopt greater transparency. (Photo: Claire CJS, Creative Commons)
Talking money in church is often unpopular, but sustaining a vibrant church requires diligent financial management. That’s why it’s important to have a crack finance committee that can handle 11 essential tasks, says Smart Church Management. (Photo: Ken Teegardin, SeniorLiving.Org)
We all want to believe that everyone who volunteers to count the offering at church is above taking from the till, but humans are imperfect. In this blog post startCHURCH lists some ways to reduce temptation and help keep church money safer. (Photo: Acousticgirl, Creative Commons)
The global pandemic has caused plenty of stress in our churches, and not the least of these is a downturn in giving. Instead of fretting, church leaders should get busy, says consultant Margaret Marcuson, in this essay from Luther Seminary. (Photo: Images of Money, Creative Commons)
THE COVID-19 Pandemic has changed church as we know it, including how we approach church finance and giving. The United Methodist Church offers 10 practical ideas for church financial leaders to consider and adapt for use in their contexts. (Image: “Offering plates glow,” Don Brown, Creative Commons License)
Check out Hal Seed’s eight tips for keeping your congregation’s finances on track during the COVID-19 pandemic. None of these ideas should surprise you, but they are good reminders in anxious times and will help prepare you to carry on once the pandemic is behind us. (Image: Travis Wise, Creative Commons License)
An church endowment fund can help provide financial stability and encourage good stewardship practices. This guide from lays out some good principles and tips on how to get started. This is from the ELCA Foundation. Most denominations have a similar ministry that serves their congregations.