Certificate for Church Treasurers


The Conference Office of Treasury Services and the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina will offer a certificate training program for United Methodist volunteer treasurers within our conference. Dr. Mark King and Rev. David Snipes will lead the four-session program on March 20, 27, April 17 and 24, from 10 am – 3 pm. Registration is open now and space is limited. Questions? Reach Mark King at mking@wnccumc.org or David Snipes at dsnipes@umfwnc.org.
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Statement of Vision, Purpose and Hopes
Vision:  Church treasurers becoming informed and trained in the task of efficient and effective management of local church finances
Purpose:  To serve Western North Carolina Conference local church volunteer treasurers by offering a training school with curriculum and experience monitoring that leads to certification as a Certified Church Treasurer.
  • Commitment to integrity and fiduciary responsibility for church financial management
  • Understanding of sound financial practices and controls of accounting from the perspective of GAAP and the UMC Book of Discipline
  • Comprehension of the United Methodist apportionment system and funding
  • Conversant with clergy compensation, taxation and benefits
  • Knowledge of resources and networks for further training and support
  • Exposure to church legal, property, insurance and tax issues relevant to local church financial management.
The CTP will be jointly offered and operated under the direction of the WNCC Treasury Services and the United Methodist Foundation of WNC.  Endorsed by the WNCC Board of Laity.
Dr. Mark King, Conference Treasurer 
Rev. David Snipes, Executive Director, UMFWNC 
Guest personnel from across the UMC Connection
$25 registration fee for each attendee 
Sessions limited to a maximum registration of 25 persons.
Program and Curriculum
Four Days:  Accounting; Stewardship; Legal & Tax; and United Methodism, 5 hours each (10 am – 3 pm)
Enrollment Criteria
Target audience:  Local church volunteer lay treasurers
Elected by Charge Conference
Commitment to four weekend session attendance
Recommended by Pastors in charge
Sessions Include:
Accounting Structure Annual Giving Property Issues UMC Structure
Financial Statements Designated & Capital Giving Insurance Book of Discipline
Income & Receivables Planned Giving Legal Organizational
Expenses & Payables / Payroll Budgeting Clergy Comp & Benefits Apportionments
Fund Balance & Designated Accounts Cash Management Tax Reporting & Forms
Banking Investing Audit Resources
Software Endowments    
Each track ends with a simple quiz/exam of no more than 10-15 questions covering material.
Completion Requirements
Completion of all four tracks within one year
Recognition with certificate “suitable for framing” at Annual Conference

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The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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