When Katy left her position as a CPA at one of the country's largest accounting firms and took a position as financial administrator for her church, she looked forward to using her professional skills to help build the Kingdom. What she didn't expect was the steep learning curve she'd encounter. While serving in the church often fulfills an individual's need for meaningful work, the transition into the nonprofit world is rarely a seamless transition.
For starters, the organizational culture and politics vary drastically. Depending on the size and sophistication of a church, people new to the ministry may be surprised to learn how poorly the business details are managed. When I held my first volunteer treasurer position at the local church I attended several years ago, I was stunned to receive financial records in a box. They had been keeping the accounting information in a computerized agriculture package and crossing off the headers such as pounds and acres on the reports given to the church council.