Large or small, churches and ministries are often easy prey for would-be thieves. The effect of an offering plate theft can be devasting for a church's reputation, regardless of its size.
Ministry leaders can fortify their ability to keep thieves away from their property and contributions by taking a fresh look at current procedures.
Keep a would-be thief out the collection plate and away from church funds by developing the financial controls you need to prevent theft and embezzlement at your church.
Start by establishing financial controls to prevent theft and embezzlement in your church or ministry. Here's a list of controls you can implement for use throughout the year:
Ensure that more than one person is responsible for counting the collection—and for every other aspect of a ministry's finances.
There are some simple steps that church and ministry leaders can take to protect their buildings stay safe:
Much like securing non-public areas of the building, take extra precautions to protect your equipment, financial records, and other valuables. If you haven't already done so, create or update a personal property inventory so you have a current record and appropriate insurance protection for your valuables before something is missing. In addition, consider these suggestions:
Building security is important throughout the year, but as traffic increases during the holidays, it's especially important to take steps to reduce the risk of theft or vandalism that could damper this blessed season. Some helpful reminders:
Make every effort to avoid being a victim, by being mindful of the risks that giving imposes on your ministry's operation. You can download a free building security checklist to get you started.
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