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Hear My Prayer
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Hear My Prayer
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Sunday School Bible Institute
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Sunday School for All Ages!
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10:45 AM
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Sunday School Bible Institute
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Free Community Dinner
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Bible Search
Finance Committee
Chairperson: Kevin Thorpe

Finance Committee Chair: Kevin Thorpe

Result Expected

An effective finance committee proposes a budget; then raises, manages, and distributes the financial resources of the congregation to support and strengthen the mission and ministry of the congregation.

Responsibilities of the Chairperson

  • The finance chair works with the leadership team chair, the church staff, and other ministry leaders to fulfill the mission of the church. The finance chair works with the trustees to handle designated gifts and bequests in accordance with The Book of Discipline.
  • This person will guide the work of the finance team through the year, including planning agendas and presiding at meetings.
  • This leader will gather all budget requests to be reviewed by the committee, ensure that the congregation and pastor(s) are informed about the church’s financial situation, and recommend to the church council any changes that need to be made in the budget after it has been approved.
  • This leader is accountable to the charge conference through the church council.

Treasurer:  Mary Rawley

Result Expected

An effective church treasurer disburses all funds received into the church treasury in a responsible and organized manner, with funds identified and bills paid when due, so that the ministry of the congregation can be effective.

Responsibilities of the Position

  • The treasurer will disburse all money contributed to the local church budget, keeping accurate records of how money is spent.
  • This leader works with finances according to the guidelines established by the committee on finance for total fiduciary responsibility. This includes maintaining compliance with all applicable governmental tax guidelines.
  • The treasurer will send all world service and conference benevolence funds on hand to the conference treasurer each month.
  • The treasurer works with the financial secretary to maintain records of all funds received. Designated gifts and bequests are managed by the trustees in accordance with The Book of Discipline.
  • This leader works with the financial secretary and chair of the committee on finance to make regular financial reports to the committee on finance, church council, the charge conference and, in some cases, the trustees.
  • There are three tasks not specifically assigned to the treasurer, financial secretary, or the chairperson of the committee on finance by the Discipline. Keeping these responsibilities separate is essential in maintaining segregation of duties. These tasks are: (1) approving payments for expenditures; (2) signing checks; (3) reconciling bank accounts. While the treasurer, financial secretary, or finance chairperson may be authorized to do any one of these tasks, no person should be authorized to do more than one. No persons related to one another should perform any two or more of these three tasks.
  • This leader is accountable to the charge conference through the church council.

Financial Secretary: Vacant

Result Expected
An effective financial secretary will receive, record, and deposit all funds received by the congregation in a timely, thorough, and confidential manner. The financial secretary works with the treasurer and committee on finance to develop policies and procedures so that funds can be made available to support the ministry of the congregation.

Responsibilities of the Position

  • The financial secretary works according to the guidelines established by the committee on finance to receive funds from whatever source (including through the mail and by electronic deposit), record them, and report them to the church treasurer and to the committee on finance or, in some cases, the trustees.
  • The financial secretary arranges for collecting offerings received during worship services and other church gatherings at the conclusion of these events, making certain that more than one person is involved in collecting and counting the money.
  • This leader collaborates with the finance committee to establish procedures for collecting and recording all money received through the regular offering, through the mail, and by electronic deposit. Designated gifts and bequests are managed by the trustees in accordance with The Book of Discipline.
  • The financial secretary deposits cash and checks in a bank as soon as possible after they are received.
  • The financial secretary keeps records, whenever possible, of how much money is given by whom and reports amounts received to the appropriate people.
  • The financial secretary checks the records quarterly against those of the treasurer.
  • The financial secretary helps ensure that the financial records are in good order for an annual audit. The financial statement is reported regularly to the committee on finance.
  • The financial secretary should engage in spiritual practices to build attentiveness to God’s will and direction. Financial management and attentiveness to daily administration can detract a leader’s attention from the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • The financial secretary is accountable to the charge conference through the church council.

Lay Member to Annual Conference: Arletta Boston

Lay Leader: Debra Jones

Chairperson, Audit Committee: Dion Hamilton

Chair of Church Council: Delores Martin

Stewardship Comittee Chairperson: Maurice Jagne-Shaw

Members

Audrey Alleyne

Ellen Aubee

Delores Martin

Mary Rawley

Dexter Watts       

 Overall Responsibilities of the Finance Committee

  • The finance committee annually compiles a budget for supporting the mission and vision of the local church and submits the budget to the church leadership team for review and adoption. During the year, the finance team recommends any changes to the approved annual budget to the church leadership team.
  • This team is responsible for developing and carrying out plans to raise enough income to support the budget that has been approved.
  • Both the finance team and individual members need to engage in spiritual practices that attend to God’s will and direction. Team members need to hold one another accountable to decisions and actions that fulfill the mission and vision of the church.
  • The finance team (or committee) recommends to the church leadership team proper depositories for church funds and carries out the church leadership team’s directions about administration and disbursement of funds and about procedures for the church treasurer and the financial secretary.
  • There are three tasks not specifically assigned to the treasurer, financial secretary, or the chairperson of the committee on finance by the Discipline. Keeping these responsibilities separate is essential in maintaining segregation of duties. These tasks are: (1) approving payments for expenditures; (2) signing checks; (3) reconciling bank accounts. While the treasurer, financial secretary, or finance chairperson may be authorized to do any one of these tasks, no person should be authorized to do more than one. No persons related to one another should perform any two or more of these three tasks.
  • This team arranges for an annual audit of financial records and makes a report of this audit to the charge conference.
  • In congregations in which there is no stewardship team or committee, the finance committee has responsibility for teaching disciples a biblical understanding of abundance and generosity and stewardship of all resources.
  • The finance leaders of the church are accountable to the charge conference through the church council.
  • New language was added to the 2016 Book of Discipline that expands/clarifies the responsibilities of the pastor in regard to giving. Paragraph 340.2.c.(2)(c) now reads: “To provide leadership for the funding ministry of the congregation. To ensure membership care including compliance with charitable giving documentation requirements and to provide appropriate pastoral care, the pastor, in cooperation with the financial secretary, shall have access to and responsibility for professional stewardship of congregational giving records.”


                             

 

Counters     

Audrey Alleyne

Kim Campbell

Zynesia Campbell

Dion Hamilton

Delores Holland

Suzanne Mitchell

Mary Rawley

Kevin Thorpe

 

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