Petition 60640

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Financial Accountability (60640-MH-ΒΆ340.2c-G)

Amend ¶ 340.2.c.(2)(c):

To provide leadership for the funding ministry of the congregation. To ensure membership care including compliance with charitable giving documentation requirements and to provide appropriate pastoral care, the pastor, in cooperation with the financial secretary, shall have access to and responsibility for professional stewardship of congregational giving records.

Rationale

Giving is part of our membership covenant with God and the Church, which deserves careful stewardship by pastors and financial secretaries. Pastoral leadership for member care, congregational vitality, and mission capacity improves significantly when congregations include the pastor in stewardship of donor relationships and share knowledge about congregational resources.

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