(Waterflow, New Mexico)
How many churches out there have a counting team/committee that counts the Sunday offering? Has anyone had problems with a Counting team/committee revealing or discussing the offering? Who gave and how much? Who didn't give? How does your church handle these types of issues regarding the count team/committee divulging sensitive information? I have a Confidentiality Agreement, but people can still gossip about members and their offerings.
I've been trying to setup a counting team at my church as part of the internal controls, but my pastor does not want a team because of what happened at another church where he was at. Apparently at this former church those on the counting team divulged who gave what or who wasn't giving etc. He feels the less people who handle the offering the better. I guess most people retain what they see each Sunday as to who gave and how much and who didn't give. Currently our church secretary counts the offering, pays the bills and signs the checks and reconciles the bank account. I've tried to implement separation of duties but we are a small church and it's on her job description to do these various processes, which I guess can't be changed. I was helping with the count, but it was made clear to me that if I wanted to review the unopened bank statement I shouldn't be counting the offering. So I've stopped and there isn't anyone who will assist with this process. I'm stuck, the secretary should not count the offering by herself and I think she might have the Pastor assist with that, any thoughts on the Pastor counting the offering with the secretary?
Thank you for your thoughts and input,