Fraud in the Church.
Fraud in the church is sad, not only is it a crime, it hurts the church, its members and its mission. Fraud usually happens after the taking up of offerings and before the deposit is made. 99% of the time it happens with cash that is donated, and not put into an envelope with the donor’s name.
I know firsthand that being a pastor not only we responsible for the spiritual wellbeing we are also responsible for the administrative side of the church. Finances is part of doing ministry, we must all come to this realization. And with this realization we must have policies and procedures in place to help detect and prevent fraud and theft in the church that we are leading.
Churches are places of trust. The church trust the pastor, the pastor trust his staff, when this trust is broken, they entire church is broken.
Here some helpful tips
1 Have at least three unrelated members to count the offerings. 1 person to count the checks, 1 to count the cash, and 1 to add the amounts on the offering envelopes. These totals should equal the deposit.
2 Deposit the funds the next day after the offering is taken. Secure the funds in safe until deposit is made.
3 Verify the amount deposited equals the amount collected.
4 Create counting procedures and make sure they are enforced.
There are many churches that want to do what is right and be good stewards, but they are simply unsure of where to begin. We encourage you to implement some if not all of the suggestions above in your church. If you need assistance please feel free to email us or call us, and we be more than happy to supply your church with a free county policy.