Church Accounting: The How-To Guide for Small & Growing Churches

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The Church Accounting Guide for Your Growing Church!

Overworked or volunteer administrators may not be equipped with the most up-to-date accounting knowledge that affects their church's ability to accept donations, oversee a benevolence fund, file church payroll, and offer a compensation package for their minister. Lisa London, the accountant who brought you QuickBooks for Churches & Nonprofits, understands and wrote this must-have reference to take the hassle out of church bookkeeping.

In this book, London delves into the specialized needs of church accounting for church administrators and volunteers, including:

  • Essential steps for starting a church
  • Internal controls to prevent fraud or error
  • Recording and acknowledging church contributions, including vehicle donations and love offerings
  • Benevolence fund management for your congregation's best interest
  • Calculating and filing employee payroll
  • How to design and implement a compensation package for your minister, including a housing allowance, pastor payroll, and compensation package
  • Preparation for an annual audit
  • Budgets and forecasting future church growth

Vickey Boatright, the accountant behind, joins London in helping you set up accounting spreadsheets, explaining different types of accounting packages, and guiding you through every imaginable aspect of church bookkeeping. Terressa Pierce of brings her 25+ years of expertise as she advises you on how to rearrange your church office. Together, this powerful trio will help you master the nuts and bolts of church bookkeeping with ease.

Lisa London is a CPA and top-selling author with decades of experience who has helped organizations reduce their accounting time dramatically. The Accountant Beside You series has been sold in all 50 states and every inhabitable continent.  In addition to her detailed e- and print books, Lisa London offers supplemental and often free information online at and through her popular YouTube videos and webinars. If you are already using QuickBooks for your church, consider investing in QuickBooks for Nonprofits & Churches or save money by purchasing a church accounting bundle

Whether you're just starting your church accounting journey or if you've been with the same spiritual home for years, The Accountant Beside You will be there every step of the way!

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Proper Procedures and Internal Accounting Controls

What is Special About Accounting for Churches?

How do I Select an Accounting System?

Contributions—Part I: Receiving and Recording

Contributions—Part II: Acknowledging

Contributions—Part 3: Other Topics

Benevolence Fund

Paying the Bills

Reimbursement Policies and Procedures

Payroll—Part I: Basic Steps

Payroll—Part II: Calculating & Filing

Payroll—Part III: Ministers and the IRS

Budgeting for Churches

Month-End Financial Requirements

Year-end and Audit Issues

Administrative Issues


Book Information

Title Church Accounting: The How-To Guide for Small & Growing Churches

Author Lisa London, CPA and Vickey Boatright

ISNI 0000 0004 5059 7909

ISBN 978-0-9911635-3-3

Library of Congress Number 2014918338

Published November 2014 by Deep River Press, Inc.

Copyright 2014 Deep River Press, Inc. 

 Pages 195

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