Preventing Financial Fraud at Your Church: The Importance of Accountability
What comes to mind when you hear the words “con artist”? Do you envision the tourist hustler on the street? Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and deceit can also happen in our churches and houses of worship. Could this happen to you? Make sure to take proactive steps to take financial accountability to reduce the risk of trickery at your church.
Churches can fall victim to fraud due in part to the internal culture. Good people are more trusting, which leads to a corporate nature of security, forgiveness, and second chances. Take notice if things start feeling out of place and uncomfortable.
So, are there preventative measures to take to protect your church financially? Definitely. First, do screen your leaders and prominent members, and select people with high integrity. Second, increase accountability. Safekeep deposits, collections, and funds by ensuring finances are handled, checked, and reported with care by various church members. And finally, don't be ashamed to ask for help. If you run across questionable activity, reach out to those you trust and those who can help you avoid financial disaster.
Religious fraud is exceptionally disturbing because it takes advantage of an innocent and trusting group of people. Protect your congregation. Contact us for more information and ideas about how to protect you and your church.