Faithful Stewardship, Financial Accountability

  • September 9, 2021
  • by Will Rodes

Most pastors do not go into ministry because they love accounting, rather they go into ministry because they have answered the calling that God gave to them. To you, accounting is probably a task that must be done in order to be a good steward of the finances that you have been entrusted with. Regardless of your church size, good accounting software is essential to managing, tracking and reporting on church finances. While there’s no shortcuts or hacks in ministry, an excellent financial accounting software designed for churches can help make you a better pastor. By helping to free up the time that you previously spent on accounting tasks, it will allow you more time to do what you want to do most– minister to people. At the same time it will help you to do more with the tithes and offerings that your church receives.

While there are many general accounting software packages on the market, churches require a very niche set of features in order to track multiple sources of giving, maintain the general ledger and provide accurate reports and giving statements. Most general accounting software can be tweaked or have workarounds that can facilitate some of these tasks, but in the end, they end up being a burden for the administrator to maintain and hard for other staff and volunteers to learn and remember. 

A fund accounting software designed for churches and non-profits allows churches to meet the needs of its members, staff and communities better and more efficiently. Blackbadu Financial Edge NXT  is a comprehensive fund accounting software that will help save time by reducing the need for manual reporting and data entry, while helping increase the ability of your church to analyze and predict future expenditures. The time saved on accounting means more time to minister to people.

In today’s world, the need for accountability has never been greater. Modern day church members expect more now than ever from their church leadership in terms of financial accountability. From well planned budgets to reporting, church members want to know how their giving is being used to impact others. This increased level of transparency requires software that facilitates accountability from beginning to end. Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT has unparalleled reporting with dozens of pre-built reports, making it easy to show church members how funds are being utilized to help share The Gospel and help others.

With the number of online hacks and data breaches on the rise every single day, the need for cybersecurity is of the utmost importance to protect church member’s information and maintain their trust. Blackbaud’s cloud technology, Blackbaud SKY, is designed and supported by a world-class security team. It is monitored 24/7, 365 days a year with nightly, weekly and monthly off-site backups and has a 99.9% contractual uptime service-level so that you can rest assured that your church and its members’ financial info is secure.

Leading a church has never been easy, but it is even tougher in today’s world. At the same time, there has never more potential for churches to change not just their community, but the world. By utilizing Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT, you can ensure that your church is a good steward of finances and time, allowing you and your staff to focus on sharing The Gospel.

FEATURES OF BLACKBAUD FINANCIAL EDGE NXT

General Ledger

Expense Management

Consolidation Management

SKY Reporting® and Dashboards

Cash Management

Accounting Queue

Advanced Security

Budget Management

Accounting Forms

Accounts Payable

Allocation Management

SKY API®

Accounts Receivable

Purchase Orders

Blackbaud University On-Demand Training

Fixed Assets

Projects, Grants, and Endowments

 

This video has more detailed information about how Financial Edge NXT can help your church spend more time ministering to people while ensuring God honoring stewardship.