A Call for Auditors

A Call for Auditors

Calling all Auditors and Others with Accounting Expertise

Canon I.7.1(f) of the Constitution & Canons of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church states that “all accounts of Parishes, Missions or other institutions shall be audited annually by an independent Certified Public Accountant,…or such audit committee as shall be authorized by the Finance Committee, Department of Finance, or other appropriate diocesan authority.” That’s a tall order. You may wonder how in the world we can ever accomplish this feat in our Diocese.

Many hands make light work. We are very fortunate to have an established Audit Committee in our Diocese. These folks provide an important service to congregations by reviewing the financial operations and statements of a church. They may provide assurance that everything is fine which is great news for a congregation to hear. In many cases they may be able to offer helpful recommendations given their expertise and exposure to how churches all over the Diocese are handling their internal control environments and developing sound and efficient accounting systems.

We are especially delighted this year to unveil a new Chart of Accounts designed by Charlie Chapman, one of our church auditors. This chart of accounts was specifically designed to facilitate completion of the Treasurers Monthly Report and the Parochial Report. The Audit Committee will now be able to offer support to Treasurers who wish to convert to this chart of accounts and/or to the use of Quick Books.

After chairing the Audit Committee for many years The Venerable Cookie Clark has stepped down in order to dedicate her time and energy to her duties as Archdeacon. Tom Ewart, Diocesan Treasurer, has generously agreed to chair this committee in 2011. Tom hosted an orientation and discussion on Audit Committee roles and responsibilities at the Congregational Leadership Conferences (CLC). If you are an existing church auditor or you have an interest in learning more about this important ministry I urge you to consider contacting Tom for more information. 

Diocesan Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair Tom Ewart can be reached via e-mail or by calling Canon Bobbi Yeo at 916-442-6918 ext. 211. 

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