Duties of Financial Secretary
An effective financial secretary will receive, record, and deposit all funds received by the Church in a timely, thorough, and confidential manner. The financial secretary works with the treasurer and committee on finance to develop policies and procedures so that funds can be made available to support the ministry of the Church of The Open Door.
Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job
- This leader benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: administration, helping, giving, and faith.
- Useful skills and experience for this position are skills and interest in financial record keeping; ability to keep detailed, accurate records and maintain appropriate confidentiality; passion for financially supporting the mission of making Christian disciples for the transformation of the world; ability to work with individuals and ministry teams.
- This leader needs skill in searching for new revenue sources along with an understanding of biblical stewardship and management of all resources that God provides.
- The financial secretary and treasurer roles should be held by two people who are not immediate family members.
Responsibilities of the Position
- The financial secretary works according to the guidelines established by the Chief Apostle and the Board of Elders to receive funds from whatever source (including through the mail and by electronic deposit), record them, and report them to the church treasurer and to the committee on finance or, in some cases, the Board of Elders..
- The financial secretary arranges for collecting offerings received during worship services and other church gatherings at the conclusion of these events, making certain that more than one person is involved in collecting and counting the money.
- This leader collaborates with the finance committee to establish procedures for collecting and recording all money received through the regular offering, through the mail, and by electronic deposit. Designated gifts and bequests are managed by the Chief Apostle and the Board of Elders.
- The financial secretary deposits cash and checks in a bank as soon as possible after they are received.
- The financial secretary keeps records, whenever possible, of how much money is given by whom and reports amounts received to the appropriate people.
- The financial secretary checks the records quarterly against those of the treasurer.
- The financial secretary helps ensure that the financial records are in good order for an annual audit. The financial statement is reported regularly to the Chief Apostle and the Board of Elders.
- The financial secretary should engage in spiritual practices to build attentiveness to God’s will and direction. Financial management and attentiveness to daily administration can detract a leader’s attention from the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
- The financial secretary is accountable to the Chief Apostle through the Board of Elder.