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Should Churches Issue Corporate Cards to Pastors and Staff?

Important considerations and guidelines your church should note before saying yes.

Last Reviewed: November 15, 2021
Should Churches Issue Corporate Cards to Pastors and Staff?
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A corporate credit card can seem like a useful tool for churches: a convenient and easy way for staff to make the purchases they need to do their jobs. Yet at many churches, the corporate credit card results in headaches and hassles. The bill is due whether or not staff members have submitted the necessary receipts and information, but documentation always seems to be missing or late.

Misuse of a church credit card can lead to more serious issues than headaches, hassles, and wasted time, however. It can result in inappropriate expenses and even finance charges. Fortunately, this can be prevented with adequate considerations and policies.

Assessing the need

If your church does not currently have a corporate credit card, the first step is to assess whether or not you truly need one. While a corporate credit card can make purchases more convenient for staff, consider what it will take to create ...

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  • May 7, 2014
  • Last Reviewed: November 15, 2021

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