Finance and Administration
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Finance and Administration

The General Council on Finance and Administration ministry includes protecting the legal interests of the denomination, collecting and analyzing statistics, serving as the trustees of the financial assets given to the denomination and maintaining an insurance program available to all United Methodist congregations in the United States where acceptable on an underwriting basis. Staff members assist and advise jurisdictions and central conferences, annual conferences, districts and local churches in matters ranging from hiring to digital tools to discount buying programs – and much more!
7 Steps to Improve Data Security

7 Steps to Improve Data Security

Fire and natural disaster – two ways a church’s data could be compromised.  Unfortunately, identity theft, ransomware, and digital breaches are also ways a church’s sensitive assets can be stolen or burglarized. However, there are steps a church can take to minimize the occurrence of digital poaching within its IT systems. 
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Tax forms. Image by Pictures of Money, Flickr.com

Looking for the right tax form?


GCFA can provide you with the right tax form at your finger tips.

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Putting together a church budget

Having a church budget is a necessity to keep the doors open and the lights on, but a church budget should also help accomplish the goals of your ministry. Before starting with numbers and pen to paper, start with your vision.

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Offering plate images. A photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Good accounting controls begin at the collection plate


GCFA has a goal to support ministry throughout the connection, with a focus on local churches. One way we accomplish this is to create resources that will help guide best practices in the area of finance. Great finance practice begin at the collection plate. Download this handy graphic for your church to follow best internal control policies. 

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GCFA Local Church Resource Guide

Local Church Resource Guide

The Local Church Resource Guide offers new opportunities for ministry! This guide, published by the General Council of Finance and Administration, is designed to help local churches easily find vetted ministry partners who offer solutions to your church.

God has given you the mission you need to do. We can help you with that “doing!”

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