FISCAL FUEL Stewardship   0093-01   ZZhlp

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                             TO:  Interested Ministries                                                                             FROM: Jim Bramer, Auditor CPA
                                                                                                                                                         FILE:  0093-01/hlp

                             RE:  FISCAL FUEL Stewardship                                                                Originated:  June 1997                      


P R E F A C E

        Are we sometimes too "SPIRITUAL".... now do NOT misunderstand..... but does the spiritual perspective of a Ministry sometimes overshadow the practical?  In ACTS the Apostles found it necessary to remain focused so they delegated some of the practical (shall I say pragmatic?) aspects of the Master's endeavor to some trusted associates.  They were called Deacons and were appointed to determine and carry out the best way to help such fellow Christians as widows and others who needed practical things as food, lodging and clothes.

A D M I N I S T R A T I O N

        This reminds me that there are some things that need to get done that may not be inherently SPIRITUAL in nature, but absolutes if Ministries are to be effective.  It also reminds me that some Christians are blessed with the ability to get the appropriate every day things done. I believe this is the primary intent of the term "Spiritual Gift of Administration."
        Frankly, some of this Administration  'stuff'  has to do with handling money and what it can acquire!
        Life-changing, or sustaining, Ministries are fueled with fiscal (money, or what money can acquire) resources that require righteous stewardship (or application of the "Spiritual Gift of Administration") in both garnering and administering such resources.

F I S C A L     F U E L 

        Personally, I like to view finances as one of the "FUELs" needed to be righteously used, or expended, to accomplish a Ministry's purpose. Very simply .... it takes money (a necessary FUEL) in order to get things done!
        There are not only Cash/Money fiscal "FUELs",  but other non-Cash fiscal resources like facilities, equipment, materials and access to tools. For some Ministries these non-Cash assets may be in the form of sums due the Ministry for services provided plus appropriate use of Computer and the Internet.  But suffice is to say, the Ministry needs to prudently use these God-provided resources, or FUELs ,  as it judiciously ---

M)arshals  ---- First you must rightfully 'obtain' money',  or garner the FUEL. 
M)anages
---- Then you MUST prudently  manage and efficiently use  such resources as FUEL in carrying out the purpose of the Ministry.
M)aintains ---  Land, Buildings and Equipment is FUEL that is spent now and is applicable to a longer period of time ...   make the very best use of these resources.  Sometimes the FUEL is temporarily not used ...manage money deposits prudently.  Be righteous about 'hoarding' ... you need to be prepared for abnormalities, but the FUEL needs to be properly consumed. 

    These efforts take responsible human beings who carefully use their "Gift of Administration" and proper tools/systems as the Ministry covers the two economic areas of resourceful  funding and purposeful spending.

H E L P S

   Our prayer is that your MFTeam will be a good "Fiscal FUEL"  steward --- in ways as the following:

                                                 - - - YOUR FINANCIAL STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION - - - 

    With the smaller Ministry in mind, most Evangelical Ministries need to determine and effectively use certain fiscal resources and tools in accomplishing the Ministry's purpose. Please Go Here  to a link that includes such 'how to'  helps as establishment and efficient use of a Computer System that handles your unique Bookkeeping/Accounting needs; Donation and Mailing list requirements; Accounts Receivable record keeping.   Plus Financial Status/Flow reporting needs for making timely fiscal "FUEL" decisions. Task clarity, structure and instruction as shown Here  is needed.


    The bulk of this Publication originated in June 1997 and was.  UPTD: March 09, 2012   

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