Stewardship and Finance Committee

Chair: Kelly Hinkley

Purpose: The Stewardship committee is responsible for planning, coordinating and overseeing the financial campaign in the fall.  (Can set the challenge budget, but Session determines the final budget)

The committee discusses the use of a donation when someone wishes to leave a memorial gift to the church or when a specific gift is given for a specific use, others are to be placed in a memorial fund for future use.

Membership:  Minimum of Pastor, one (1) session member, three (3) deacons, church treasurer, financial secretary, and three (3) congregational members as needed.

Meetings: at least quarterly.


  • Sets the challenge budget, develop, coordinate and oversees the fall financial campaign.
  • Educate the congregation on their stewardship planning.
  • Oversees the work and evaluation of the Financial Secretary and Church Treasurer.
  • Develops a policy of what memorial gifts are acceptable and what are not.
  • Acknowledges all memorial gifts to any who give to the church as a memorial.
  • Notify family of all memorials that are received.
  • Notify family when monies are used.

If a project warrants a dedication, the committee in conjunction with the pastor works with the family to set a date for the service.

Purpose: The Finance and Audit committee serves to educate the congregation about giving to the church, to manage the finances of the church, to determine how projects are to be financed and to establish a Capital Improvement Plan.  Yearly to audit the financial records of the church.


  • Educate the congregation as to how to give to the church through bequests, wills, and trusts.
  • Give members the opportunity to establish bequests, wills or trusts to include ESPC as a beneficiary.
  • Recommend an investment policy to Session and then update as needed.
  • Supervise the management of the Endowment funds and investments of the church.
  • Develop, coordinate and oversee the funding of certain projects at the request of the Session.
  • Establish and maintain a Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Audit books for year-end reports using following guidelines and procedures below.

Send letter to Session stating any problems or recommendations.  According to the Book of Order (G-3.0113) in regard to Church Finances, the following minimum standards of financial procedure shall be observed:

A complete audit of all books and records relating to finances once each year by public accountant or public accounting firm or a committee of members versed in accounting procedures.  Such auditors should not be related to the treasurer.

The Session of the East Side Presbyterian Church has chosen to appoint a member of Session as Chairperson plus two (2) members of the congregation who are versed in financial accounting procedures to make up a three (3) member Audit committee.  These three (3) members will serve a term of one (1) calendar year.

It is the committee’s responsibility to examine, adjust, and certify the financial records of the church.  A letter stating such is submitted to the congregation, signed by the members of the committee and placed in the annual report.


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