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Responsibilities of the Treasurer: Writing Congregational Bylaws
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Sample Provisions

Example 1: The Treasurer shall receive, safely keep, and account for all money and other property of the Church entrusted to his/her care, and shall disburse the same under the direction and to the satisfaction of the Board. She/He shall maintain: (1) a current roster of the pledging units and their pledges; (2) a complete accounting of the financial records of the church, which shall remain the property of the Church, and which shall be open for inspection by any member; (3) the annual financial report of the Church, which shall be audited by a person, not a member of the Board, who is designated by the Board. From time to time the Treasurer shall furnish statements detailing the status of their pledges to pledging units. At the discretion of the Board, the Treasurer shall be bonded by the Church in such amount as the Board may determine.

Example 2: Treasurer: has custody of all money belonging to the church; keeps careful and accurate records of income, receipts, and expenditures of the church; pays the bills and charges that are in the approved budget or are approved by the Board; reports to the Board at its monthly meetings and to the membership at the annual business meeting; and performs such other functions as assigned by the Board.

Example 3: The Treasurer shall receive and safely keep all money and other property of the church entrusted to his or her care, make disbursements as directed or approved by the Steering Committee, keep a complete account of the finances of the Church in books belonging to the Church, including direction and coordination of any public accounting firm employed by the Church, render a current statement at each regular meeting of the Steering Committee and of the membership, ensure that all federal, state or local returns, reports or other items required by law are properly prepared and filed with the appropriate authorities in a timely manner, perform the duties of the President in the event of the simultaneous absence or incapacity of both the President and Vice President, and may be bonded at the expense of the Church.

Example 4: The Treasurer shall receive and disburse moneys and securities entrusted to the Church, shall keep a complete and accurate account of the finances of the Church, render written financial reports, and prepare an annual statement at the close of each fiscal year. The Treasurer is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees.

Example 5: The Treasurer shall keep records of receipts and expenditures of Church funds. The Treasurer shall be bonded.

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