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Treasurer vs. Financial Secretary/Bookkeeper

The Treasurer is the chief financial officer for the local church, is a member of the Official Board and is accountable to the Board. The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing the finances of the church including but not limited to processing of offerings, payables/expenses, recording of donations, financial reporting, the budget process and regulatory reporting.

Depending on the size of the church, volume of transactions and experience of the Treasurer, they can carry out all the above responsibilities themselves. In some instances, as an alternative, a financial secretary may be elected to have responsibility for recording of donations and issuance of charitable tax receipts. Also, a volunteer or paid bookkeeper may be utilized for the recording of the transactions.