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1. The Role Of The Finance Committee

2. The Meeting

3. Annual Timeline

4. Parish Accounts

5. Implementing Parish Collections

6. Canon Law And Finances

7. Parish Databases

8. Planned Giving Programs

9. Book-keeping

10. Credit Cards And Direct Debits

11. Reporting To The Parish

12. Parish Budgets

13. Maximising Appeals




There is probably no group which has changed more for the good in recent years than the Parish Finance Committee or Council.

The Parish Pastoral Council's role is now much clearer - to put in place and supervise a parish plan. This means that the Finance Committee's main role is also much clearer. It is to financially resource that parish plan.

Often parishes find finances a daunting task, but there are easy ways to move forward. You will find that you need to plan a number of activities in the parish over about a three year period.

My own parish had funding of around $70,000 p.a. and in a three year period we (I was the Pastoral Council nominee to the Finance Committee) moved that to a peak of around $350,000 p.a. Increased resources were possible for the first time in years. The parish flourished. That was not a coincidence!



Copyright © 2004, Martin Teulan