Church Finances 101

Free Training for Your Finance Team


Thank you for the helpful information I am a new pastor getting ready to start a church. Paper work has been done and approved but i wanted to make sure i set things up correctly. I’ve seen so many churches set up and they are a HOT Mess… I did not want to follow in any of their foot steps. ” As my grand mother alway said….” If you start out the right than you will end up right.” thanks!!!!!!

- Judy Jones

Organization & File Management

Protect Your Ministry by Getting Your Files In Order!

Here's What You'll Learn:

  • How to organize your office to work more efficiently.
  • What documents you should keep and how long to keep them.
  • How to properly document deposits.
  • How to organize bank statements, returned contributions and payroll files.
  • How to setup and maintain contract files and corporate documents.

I am excited about learning how to organize my church files.

Sumona Woods

Internal Controls

Protect Your Ministry with Better Policies & Procedures

Here's What You'll Learn:

  • How to control contributions with better checks and balances.
  • How to control and account for monies placed at the altar.
  • How to control expenses, purchases and credit card transactions.
  • How to properly manage petty cash and expenses accounts.
  • How to establish guidelines for benevolence.
  • How to control expenses for helps ministries and auxiliaries.
  • How to control check advances and keep track of receipts and returned monies.
  • When you should open separate bank accounts and how to manage them.

My husband, who is currently serving an Interim Pastor, just completed the course. He so very thankful for the great and sound information.

Thank you Ms. Belinda for your vision.

Secure in Him,

- Eleanor Kent

Payroll Management

Get In Compliance with Payroll Reporting

Here's What You'll Learn:

  • Which forms you should request from new employees and ministers.
  • How to comply with federal guidelines for hiring new employees.
  • What a housing allowance is, what expenses can be included, and how to properly document them.
  • How to comply with federal regulations concerning minimum wage and overtime pay.
  • How to properly withhold taxes for ministers on staff.
  • How to make payroll tax deposits fast and easy.
  • How to identify fringe benefits that must be reported on the W-2.
  • How to properly report the Pastor's personal use of the church's vehicle.

I saw your video for “tips for Church bookkeepers” and clicked on the link and was surprised someone came up with a course for free online. I am really pleased. Thanks, I will show this to my Pastor and so we can get on track. Praise the Lord Jesus for this.

- Melissa Breusch

IRS and State Reporting

Get In Compliance With Government Regulations

Here's What You'll Learn:

  • Which federal, state agencies your ministry must register with.
  • Which documents the IRS requires you to make for public inspection.
  • Which annual returns must be filed, and their due dates.
  • How to avoid the most common errors on annual contribution statements.
  • How to comply with 1099 reporting requirements.
  • How to legally report love gifts to volunteers and ministers.

Thank God and all of you! For the vision and for the wisdom to be a part of helping us in the body of Christ gain a little more knowledge of how to do things excellent for God, His ministries and churches. We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.

- Jeannie S.

Bookkeeping Basics

Learn About Accounting Principles & Financial Reporting

Here's What You'll Learn:

  • The difference between assets, liabilities and other account types.
  • How to choose the right type of account when adding new accounts to your accounting system.
  • Everything you need to know about Balance Sheets, Income Statements and what they mean.
  • Everything you need to know about debits and credits.
  • How to review your financial reports and easily spot errors.

This course is an answer to my prayer! I am really excited to get started to learn how to get our 150 year old church on the right path. Thanks a million.

- Andrea M.

2 Responses to “Church Finances 101”

  1. How long does it take on average to finish the Church Finance 101 course? Can I refer it to other churches to go through it with us?

    • Hi Dale,

      I know I’m late on responding, but if you’ve been on my site, you probably know I’ve been called to serve as CEO/President of Covenant Bank.

      You can take the course at your own pace. Some have completed the full course within a day or two.
      Yes, feel free to pass the information on to other churches!!

      Peace and Blessings!
      Belinda Whitfield

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