Jump directly to the content

Why Churches Need a Conflict-of-Interest Policy

Survey says help needed with navigating competing interests in church administration.

Why Churches Need a Conflict-of-Interest Policy

Most churches are ill-equipped to handle conflicts of interest. This is one of the most compelling findings from a recent national survey of church governance practices conducted by the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).

When asked to describe their governing board’s conflict-of-interest oversight, nearly half (49%) of churches said they do not have a conflict-of-interest policy. One in ten churches (12%) indicated they “probably” have a conflict-of-interest policy but that the board has not reviewed it for a long time.

Only about one in six churches (16%) said they have a conflict-of-interest policy, refer to it when needed, and require the board and key staff members to annually complete a conflict of interest questionnaire related to the policy.

The Importance of Properly Handling Conflicts of Interest

So, what’s the big deal? Why is it critical ...

Join now to access this member-only content

Become a Member

Already a member? for full access.

Related Topics:
Posted:
  • August 3, 2016

Related ResourcesVisit Store

2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (PDF)
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (PDF)
The most comprehensive and authoritative tax guide available.
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
The most comprehensive and authoritative tax guide available.
Sexual Harassment in the Christian Workplace - Executive Report 2020
Sexual Harassment in the Christian Workplace - Executive Report 2020
An inside look at the 2020 Church and Parachurch Ministries Workplace Environment Study
50-State Religious Freedom Laws Report
50-State Religious Freedom Laws Report
A review of state laws and court decisions affecting church leaders.