Choose Ushers Wisely – Here are tips on screening, selecting and training ushers on handling money.
Your ushers are at the heart of the internal controls necessary in setting up your systems for managing your church finances. They will be the first ones handling the money.
Seriously, not just anyone can be an usher. In the same way that not just anyone can teach a Sunday school class or sing in the choir. Having the right ability, gifts and passion matters a whole lot. When choosing new ushers the things to keep in mind are the spiritual qualities and characteristics that usher should have and do take care to involve the Pastor or Ministry Team Leader in the selection process.
Spiritual Qualities of an Usher
What comes to mind are the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. The objective here is not about obtaining perfection but establishing that the desire to live a spirit-filled life is the basis for choosing to serve as an usher. While all the fruits of the spirit referred to are important, those mentioned below need particular mention.
Personal Characteristics of an Usher
Now, the usher plays a vital role in church ministry and it is essential that they understand this. As such the usher should be someone who enjoys and care about people, possess the heart of a servant and is committed to the vision of the church. They need also to be supportive of the church’s leadership.
It is just good sense that ushers be trained to carry out their functions, especially when it comes to the handling of the money. The specifics such as how much area each usher is to handle, which two ushers are to accompany the money for counting, the actual procedures for taking the money to the location for counting and other details need to be laid out and known by all involved.
Here are some general but practical guidelines that the church can modify or adopt as good practices. The usher should:
These are matters that would be covered at training to which all ushers should be mandated to attend before they are allowed to serve.