Resolution 2

Resolution 2:  Congregational Finance and Accounting

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Whereas Christian stewardship includes Congregations utilizing clear financial reporting; and

Whereas financial malfeasance has been a temptation in the church since the first century (John 12); and

Whereas our congregations have limited numbers of persons with financial accountancy skills; and

Whereas ELCA congregations have unique accountancy needs, which cannot always be translated from other arenas, even by experienced advisors; and

Whereas the reporting of budgeting, revenue, and payables is a time-intensive task; and

Whereas Council Members and Congregants need to understand the financial status of their congregation in order to make wise and prudent decisions as advised by C.12.05.a, C.12.05.d, C.12.05.e and C.5.03.f[1]; therefore be it

  1. Resolved, that a Congregational Financial Accountancy Task Force be formed; and be it
  2. further
  3. Resolved, that the Conference of Deans recommend members to this Task Force, who shall
  4. be appointed by the bishop with the advice and consent of the Synod Council; and be it
  5. further
  6. Resolved, that the Task Force survey congregational practice both within and outside of the
  7. Metro New York Synod; and be it further
  8. Resolved, that the Task Force develop a series of templates for financial reporting available
  9. to Metro New York Synod congregations for use at monthly Congregation Council
  10. meetings and Annual Meetings of the Congregations; and be it further
  11. Resolved, that the Task Force recommend attendant Best Practices to accompany the
  12. templates; and be it further
  13. Resolved, that the Task Force report their work to the 2019 Synod Assembly for it to be
  14. voted on as the recommended basis for Congregational Financial reporting.

Submitted by,

The Rev. Edward Barnett, St. Peter’s, Baldwin, Dean, SW Nassau County

The Rev. Bob Cederstrom, Christ, New Hyde Park, Dean, West Nassau

The Rev. John Flack, Our Savoiur’s Atonement, Manhattan, Dean, Manhattan

The Rev. Katrina Foster, St. John’s, Greenpoint, Dean, Brooklyn Bridges

The Rev. Rich Hill, Hope, Selden, Dean, Peconic

The Rev. Khader Khahilia, Redeemer – St. John, Brooklyn, Dean, Southwest Brooklyn

John Litke, member, St. Peter’s, Huntington Station

The Rev. Joseph Mantovani, St Jacobus, Queens, Dean, Western Queens

The Rev. Jim O’Hanlon, St. Paul’s, Rye Brook, Dean, Tappan Zee

The Rev. Marcia Parkinson-Harrison, Resurrection, St. Albans, Dean, Southeast, Queens

The Rev. I. Daniel Peter Penumaka, St. Paul, Floral Park, Dean, Northeast Queens

Hans Vogel, member, Christ, Wantagh

The Rev. Harriet Wieber, Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, Dean, South Shore, Brooklyn

The Committee on Reference and Counsel recommends adoption of  Resolution 2.


[1] C.12.05.a.  The Congregation Council shall be the board of [trustees] [directors] of this congregation, and as such shall be responsible for maintaining and protecting its property and the management of its business and fiscal affairs. It shall have the powers and be subject to the obligations that pertain to such boards under the laws of the State of____________, except as otherwise provided herein.

C.12.05.d.   The Congregation Council shall prepare an annual budget for adoption by this congregation, shall supervise the expenditure of funds in accordance therewith following its adoption, and may incur obligations of more than $____________ in excess of the anticipated receipts only after approval by a Congregation Meeting. The budget shall include this congregation’s full indicated share in support of the wider ministry being carried on in partnership with the synod and churchwide organization.

C.12.05.e.   The Congregation Council shall ascertain that the financial affairs of this congregation are being conducted efficiently, giving particular attention to the prompt payment of all obligations and to the regular forwarding of benevolence monies to the synodical treasurer.

C.5.03.f.      (The Congregation is authorized to:) approve the annual budget