Now, a church is considered a “respected house of faith”, since its Christian members come here to pray and attain peace of mind. This institution is well known not only for religious services and functions, but also for involvement with community service and social welfare. Is it any wonder then that it cannot survive without funds? Thus, there is a global outpouring of money from Christians all over for this very purpose. The funds sometimes even cross the one-billion mark!
The church officials handle all financial transactions, which are quite transparent in nature; even the members are kept informed of what is going on–where are the funds coming from, how much, and how are they being spent. Transactions would involve properly-maintained budget reports, balance sheets, account statements, records of purchases made, invoices, print checks, and so much more. Now, this can become quite a headache at times, considering the huge amounts involved. Also, it leaves plenty of room for human errors.
Of course, skilled accountants would be more than willing to take over the job, provided they are paid for their services. But this would mean doling out extra money, which a church might be able to afford, or might not as a non-profit corporation. And checking over everything manually would definitely consume a lot of time. Can we therefore, suggest an alternative? Opt for church accounting software.
The name itself suggests that the software has been specially designed for the use of churches, which are least concerned with personal ambitions or financial gains. Businesses use different accounting software, as they have to pay for their necessities as well as taxes to the government. A church owes no money to the government, and its funds are categorized under different account heads-income accounts and expenditure accounts. Bearing this in mind, software engineers have brought out church accounting software that can serve the dual purpose of performing general functions as well as specialized functions (based on each institution’s specifications). Most software is quite flexible, and can be customized to meet specific and changing needs over the years (for needs will change).
Before going ahead with any purchase, it would be advisable to get a tech-savvy person to carefully investigate the various features offered by such software and give an opinion about it. Browsing the World Web would present a fair idea of what is available and which sites were offering free trials. First-hand information is available, all at one spot. The buyer would therefore be prevented from traipsing from one physical store to another in search of the product. Online shopping of church accounting software would thus be best.
Now that we have presented all the advantages of buying church accounting software, would your church wish to go in for it?