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Doug ClayThis communiqué of Church Administration Essentials is designed to provide ministry leaders with information and tools necessary to do church administration effectively. As we provide these tips and best practices, it’s our prayerful intention that God will bless your efforts as you manage the details of ministry.

If you have any questions regarding Church Administration Essentials, or other issues related to church administration and stewardship, please submit your questions to treasurer@ag.org.

Doug

5 Keys to Financial Health

When you assess the health of your ministry, do you just consider attendance and giving trends; or salvations and water baptisms? Dollar SignI’d like to encourage you to assess the strength of your financial operations and practices, as well. Here are five keys that will reduce financial risk while increasing the overall health of your ministry.

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In the News

Are your contribution receipts adequate?

As a service to their members, most churches provide an annual contribution summary to their donors. But is your contribution statement adequate? Will the donor be able to use it to substantiate a charitable donation?

Find out why one donor’s contributions were not allowed by the IRS.

Church employee charged with stealing $1 million

Are your policies and procedures robust enough to keep this from happening?

Find out why one employee is being charged with embezzling $1 million over 7 years.

Questions and Answers

Q: A donor wishes to designate a gift to a pastoral staff member. Can we do that and give the donor a charitable contribution receipt?

A: In order for a charitable contribution to be granted by the church, the contribution must be to, and for the use of, the church. This means that individuals must not personally benefit from a contribution made to the church.

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Questions and Answers
2012 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

For additional resources and tools on managing your ministry finances, check out these links below:

AGTV Finance and Legal Channel

My Healthy Church – Stewardship and Finance Resources

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