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Take the Guesswork Out of Church Finances with Outsourced Accounting

  By Sarah Barham Even in the best circumstances, managing church finances can be daunting. Factor in complex tax reports, bank reconciliations and ever-changing IRS and state guidelines, and you can guarantee church staff is overspending valuable time on accounting processes that could be streamlined. Thankfully, there’s an alternative. By outsourcing your payroll, bookkeeping, or

A New Perspective on Church Refinancing

  By Chris Lewis I spent the first eight years of my life in Brazil as a missionary kid. One day, my dad came home with the news that we would need to move back to the states because the church that had supported him for many years was planning an expansion project. To fulfill

Simplifying Church Expenses Through Business Prepaid Cards

  By Robyn Montoya A bustling church often has a lot of staff and volunteers working together to ensure mission trips, Vacation Bible School activities, community outreach programs and congregational services are running smoothly. It takes time, member’s spiritual gifts and, let’s face it, money to bring those efforts to fruition. With so many people

It's Time to Take Church Accounting Software to the Cloud

By Nancy Master More than ever before, churches are under intense pressure to pursue their mission with maximum efficiency – all while providing complete financial transparency to members, donors, and leadership – and technology can play a key role. Whether the focus is accounting, reporting, planning, or transparency, church finance teams need a strong church

3 Ways to Be a Good Steward of Your Church's Finances Using HR Technology

  By Christian Valiulis Many religious organizations have difficulty understanding the relationship between human resources and finance. Some believe the two are unrelated, but the reality is you must have strong HR processes in place to be a good steward of your finances. Why? Because people are your biggest expense and greatest responsibility. So how

Stewardship from the Donor's Perspective

By Tom Norwood If you are like most churches, you likely send quarterly statements reminding members of their pledge and the balance remaining. Typically, quarterly statements resemble electric company bills more than they do statements of ministry. Usually they include: Total pledged Pledge Gifts to Date Pledge Balance Recently I received a statement from my

What Is a Church Property Worth?

  This article originally appeared in the September 2008 issue. By Matthew D. Messier Matthew D. Messier, SIOR, CCIM, heads up the Specialty Brokerage Group of CNL, He and his team have assisted more than 1,500 churches and non-profit organizations with their real estate needs.  One of the most important, yet challenging, endeavors a
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