Megafinancing issues for megachurches

By John Berardino Some lenders want a say in how the church is managed and organized. Megachurches are usually defined as having 2,000 members or more, but when it comes to financing, a mega loan is defined as a loan amount of $5 million or greater regardless of church size. When it comes to financing, […]

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Debunking the myth of interest rate swaps

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The product is not the esoteric mystical instrument that some paint it to be.

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Take advantage of low rates

In recent months the Federal Reserve has been uncommonly explicit regarding their intentions

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Who’s watching the funds?

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While a church’s ministry often refers to its worship services, activities and community outreach programs, protecting your financial resources also is an important part of the organization’s mission. Financial collections are vital to keeping the various programs running. Unfortunately, it is all too common to have a trusted church member admit to embezzling from the funds they were asked to safeguard. Recently, the treasurer for a church in Connecticut was charged with embezzling nearly $300,000 over a five-year period. This church member had access to all of the church’s accounts and engaged in more than 100 thefts of church funds during this time period. Sadly, this type of theft happens far too often, as churches are naturally trusting. However, every church has the stewardship responsibility of protecting the money that is given by its members. The best way to ensure your finances are secure is to have a financial policy in place. The policy should address procedures for handling funds from the time collections are taken until the money is disbursed. Having such a policy is likely to help deter individuals from embezzling.

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When to change your auditor

Should you change audit firms? If so, when? Neither not-for-profit nor public companies are required to change firms at set intervals.

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It’s no longer your father’s capital campaign

How technology and communications are changing church fundraising.

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Know the true meaning of stewardship

As a stewardship pastor I have often been asked why so few churches are investing in a comprehensive stewardship ministry.

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How to reduce health care costs with taxes

Frequently ministers complain about rising health insurance costs.

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How to use financial controls

Churches often see media coverage as a great way to get the word out about their ministry.

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Cash reserves are key to your church’s financial health

Churches these days receive regular reminders of the need to take stock of their financial health.

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