Many church leaders may not want to admit—and certainly not under their watchful eyes—there could be weaknesses or vulnerabilities in their ministries. As a career auditor and consultant, I hear many stories that begin with “Hypothetically speaking . . .” or “I know someone who . . .”
Many ministries have questions about internal controls and how to effectively address or prevent vulnerabilities. Being willing to consider these issues is an important first step in addressing any weaknesses. Some churches operate with a vulnerability without realizing what the consequences could be. They are surprised when something goes wrong, but they probably should have known the risk the entire time.
Let’s take a look at some of the specific internal control weaknesses that can exist in a church and why they are a concern:
Weakness: Individuals can access uncounted ...