Church finance manual

Church treasurers and church leaders, use this manual to create stewardship-driven financial policies, budgets and procedures  --  that can encourage and inspire generosity, transparency and good communication about financial management within your church. 

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Stewardship ministry basics

Stewardship team

Today, how does your church think about stewardship, generosity or finances? Does your stewardship ministry team reflect this view? 



Stewardship ministry

A church's stewardship ministry is essential to drive your church's financial policies and practices. Learn more about designing and implementing a stewardship ministry.

Find resources

Year-round congregational stewardship

The message of stewardship needs year-round attention – not just an end-of-the-year reminder. This best practices guide helps congregational leaders assess their current initiatives.


Online giving

Are you exploring online giving choices? Here is a review of how to implement online giving and descriptions of various vendors.


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Additional resources

Church information management systems: An overview of software systems to help your church manage attender, program and financial information

Financial literacy for attenders: Compare program curriculum of Freed-Up Financial Living and Financial Peace University.


Budgets and reporting overview

What's your church budget communicating to your attenders? Take a fresh look at your budget with this guide.



Narrative budget example

Learn about how this unique budget format can inspire your attenders.



Line-item budget example

Here's an example of a line-item budget for a church.



Financial policies

No need to create a financial policy for your church from scratch. Review these samples that you can adapt to your church's situation.

Handling offerings




Above-budget fundraising and special gifts




Designated gifts




Gifts and bequests




Endowment and ministry funds




Benevolence ministry guidelines



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Educational assistance




Short-term mission trips




Other Everence resources

Contact us

To review the big picture of your stewardship ministry or learn about a specific resource, contact the stewardship consultant for your region.

Find your stewardship consultant

Interested in preaching and worship resources? 

Contact Beryl Jantzi, Director of Stewardship Education

(800) 442-7930 ext. 4602

Follow Beryl's blog at Menno Snapshots.


None of the information in this manual is to be considered legal, financial or tax advice to churches or their attenders and donors.