4 Ingredients for an Effective Accounting System
4 Ingredients for an Effective Accounting System
Don't let sloppy or poor accounting practices compromise your church's finances.

Churches that don’t have effective accounting systems may compromise their church’s finances. Don’t let that happen at your church. Here are four essential ingredients that make up any solid system:

1. Accuracy. Decisions are only as effective as the information ...

5 Tips for a Safe One-on-One Mentoring Program
Guidelines and safeguards for an effective adult mentoring ministry.
5 Tips for a Safe One-on-One Mentoring Program

When I graduated college and moved to a new city, I was a young adult in need of a guide. While my friends and church community offered support, it wasn't until I connected with a couple of adult mentors that I found what I was looking for. As they invested in my personal ...

What to Note About the Subpoenas of Houston Churches
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
What to Note About the Subpoenas of Houston Churches

1. What to note about the subpoenas of Houston churches. As we attempt to process what recently happened in Houston, Frank Sommerville says we must wrestle with the fine line between preaching and lobbying: "Churches can address moral and cultural issues through their publications ...

6 Steps to Prevent Fraud
Protect your church from fraudulent activities.
6 Steps to Prevent Fraud

Keep the following six steps in mind to help prevent fraud from occurring at your church:

  1. Conduct independent, extensive reviews of bank account reconciliations. This is the best way to prevent fraudulent activity.
  2. Use a formal vendor application process to clear conflicts of interest and avoid disreputable businesses for ongoing business activity. For one-time deals (such as short-term missions trips), set up processes with good record-keeping and documentation requirements.
15 All-too-Common Church Facility Problems
Set a high standard for maintenance, safety, and overall look of your building.
15 All-too-Common Church Facility Problems

I know the church is not a building. That is not to say, though, that the building is unimportant. A building says something about the congregation that gathers there; so, we need to pay attention to our facilities.

Listed here are 15 facility issues I and my consulting ...

Is Your Church's Worship Violating Copyright Laws?
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Is Your Church's Worship Violating Copyright Laws?

1. Is your church’s worship violating copyright laws? “It is simply illegal to display copyrighted lyrics without a license. Anything that doesn't fit under public domain (such as certain hymns) falls into this category. Fortunately, there are several large companies ...

Q&A: Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Can a volunteer's expenses be counted as charitable contributions?
Q&A: Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Q: Several of our volunteers are very committed to our children's ministry. At times, instead of asking for a reimbursement for their ministry expenses, they will ask if they can turn their receipts in and count them as a charitable contribution. Is this okay to do?

A: A ...

Resources

Making Your Church Accessible

Making Your Church Accessible

Practical ways to help make your church accessible to all
Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards

Be aware of ways you can expose yourself to personal legal liability.