Amidst the daily duties and demands church leaders encounter, it is not easy to maintain perspective on factors that can protect or diminish integrity. But consider the immeasurable benefit of maintaining integrity—and the cost of compromising it.
To help protect and maintain the financial integrity of your church and leadership, this checklist contains five key areas of considerations built on a framework of:
- Consistency with faith and values: “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of man.” (2 Cor. 8:21)
- Conformity with laws and regulations: giving “back to Caesar what is Caesar’s…” (Mark 12:17)
- Clarity of message: avoiding impropriety or the appearance of wrongdoing; being transparent and truthful to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
The following checklist does not cover all areas but is meant to help focus your thinking about financial integrity. Keep in mind that accountability is paramount at all levels, and even one oversight can result in a significant failure.
___ Have a high regard for legal parameters, tax forms, and status (charter, corporation, registrations, etc.) in order to support the church’s operations and vision through appropriate structure, legal position, and tax compliance.
___ Understand fiduciary responsibilities (duties of loyalty, care, and obedience).
___ Define the roles and responsibilities of the board and its members. This starts with a governance framework that is defined and set forth in board policies. The most effective boards know their role and execute their position.