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What Should Pastors Know about the Offering?

Thom Rainer shares a list of different arrangements for tracking giving in your church. In one model, a pastor and a key volunteer keep track of the funds and giving trends together, but other churches prefer a committee, an appointed staff member, or a single volunteer. Still other churches hire someone outside the church to keep track of donations and to notify the staff of any important trends.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Financial accountability and procedures protect both church leaders and their finances.

  • The one thing a pastor should know about offerings: There are different views on what pastors should know about offerings, but the one thing every pastor needs to know is who is responsible to managing and overseeing the finances. Whether a pastor knows the details or not, there need to be clear guidelines and chains of command in place.
  • Finance teams can be effective: Many churches use finance teams that work with pastors, elders, or an appointed staff member to manage finances. Having a small team in place ensures accountability and that all procedures are properly followed.
  • Watch your trends: Thom Rainer suggests that at the very least someone on church staff needs to keep an eye on giving trends. This is one of several metrics leaders can track to keep an eye on the involvement of church members.

Are there changes you need to make regarding financial procedures at your church?

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