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Basic Business Principles for Growing Churches: Accounting and Administrative Guidelines That Promote Church Growth

July 7th, 2011

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Pastors are schooled in theology and ministry, but few receive training in the fine points of church administration. Learning how to handle a congregation's finances ""on the job"" can be a harrowing experience. Yet efficiently managing your church's business affairs is a key element in keeping current members satisfied with their pastoral leadership -- and in attracting the new members you need for your church to grow in size and influence.In Basic Business Principles For Growing Churches, Arnold Cirtin shares expertise gained from more than four decades of corporate and academic experience. He provides a clear and helpful primer for pastors with limited training in business administration on such practical topics as accounting, fiscal management, and marketing.This is an indispensable book for pastors of small- and medium-sized churches (who typically are also their congregations' principal financial officers), as well as for church treasurers, trustees, and other financial board members. When you follow the guidelines in Basic Business Principles For Growing Churches, your church will be fiscally responsible, managed efficiently, and able to maximize its growing stewardship of God's resources.Arnold Cirtin is professor emeritus of accounting at Ball State University, and is a certified public accountant (CPA) in the states of Indiana and California. Cirtin is the author of Principles of Accounting Study Guide, as well as numerous articles in professional journals.


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Accounting Books Pastors are schooled in theology and ministry, but few receive training in the fine points of church administration. Learning how to handle a congregation's finances ""on the job"" can be a harrowing experience. Yet efficiently managing your church's business affairs is a key element in keeping current members satisfied with their pastoral leadership -- and in attracting the new members you need for your church to grow in size and influence.In Basic Business Principles For Growing Churches, Arnold Cirtin shares expertise gained from more than four decades of corporate and academic experience. He provides a clear and helpful primer for pastors with limited training in business administration on such practical topics as accounting, fiscal management, and marketing.This is an indispensable book for pastors of small- and medium-sized churches (who typically are also their congregations' principal financial officers), as well as for church treasurers, trustees, and other financial board members. When you follow the guidelines in Basic Business Principles For Growing Churches, your church will be fiscally responsible, managed efficiently, and able to maximize its growing stewardship of God's resources.Arnold Cirtin is professor emeritus of accounting at Ball State University, and is a certified public accountant (CPA) in the states of Indiana and California. Cirtin is the author of Principles of Accounting Study Guide, as well as numerous articles in professional journals.
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  1. Kaye A. Allen
    July 7th, 2011 at 01:46 | #1

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    I like this book very much for several reasons. However, a key element that I would like to focus on is the section on Internal Controls. In some ways the role of a senior pastor is an impossible job. When the new pastor is suddenly responsible to hire new staff, lead a building program, fend off a lawsuit and raise funds for new programs, he may wish for his seminary days again.

    Many pastors have never had even an Introduction to Business Class. They certainly never had time in their preparation to take an accounting class. No matter how intelligent or how Godly the pastor is, he is vulnerable in the area of church finances. When the church is unable to hire accountants, the business practices can be sloppy or non-existent. Many times the person who will take some responsibility from us is seen as an answer to prayer. Especially if it is in an area that we don’t enjoy or don’t understand very well.

    In this book, Dr. Cirtin does a great job of stressing separation of duties. The young pastor could save himself much embarrassment and perhaps his pastoral career by studying, understanding and implementing this section. This book is straightforward and easy to understand. There is in this small paper back guidelines to church finances that will allow the pastor to concentrate on being a pastor. And while he is sharing truth from the Bible, his church will be practicing truth in the office.

    This book is a lifeline for the small to medium sized churches that do not have the budget for an accountant or financial manager.

  2. M. Boyd
    July 10th, 2011 at 12:14 | #2

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    This small book covers very well that small fraction of business principles that you use over and over again in church work. It focuses on the smaller congregation or flock, with the less experienced leadership; it provides the basics they need for their church to have and to manage effective programs that promote growth. For larger parishes, or more experienced leadership, it provides a structure and an organization of principles that have probably been learned “on the job”.

    A quick read that will help a church to get / be organized.

    It has an extensive list of other resources available from the publisher, but it doesn’t mention material provided by the Episcopal church (e.g., the Manual of Business Methods), or the Lutherans, or other main-stream denominations, which might be “the next steps” past the basics.

    Milt Boyd

    Congregational Business Consultant Group

    Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

  3. D. Minshew
    July 20th, 2011 at 23:36 | #3

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    Unless a church has absolutely no experience at doing its business, this book is too basic. It can be scanned quickly and has little to offer in the way of innovation or expansion of basic church business practice.

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