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- - And the Lord direct your heart in the love of God as you continue to faithfully serve Him - -

         TO:  Interested Onliners                                                                                                                 FROM: Jim Bramer,  Retired Auditor-CPA                                                                                                                                                                      
J I Ms  J R N L for the months of November & December 2010                                   FILE:  0210/1112-10/jrnl          

  --   Accounting For Church Remodeling --

                Maybe your Church facility is such that you need to spend some $50,000 to do some remodeling.  The Church has accumulated only $10,000 of Special Purpose Fund   money so to accomplish this it gets a $40,000 loan from its Bank and does this remodeling over the next few months.  Here is how this Auditor-CPA would account for all of this:

>>     The Church currently uses QuickBooks (QBs) Pro and  
>>     It sets up a new QBs Company called
“Remodeling” for this project.
>>     And opens a new
Remodeling Bank account just for this remodeling project.
>>     The
Chart of Accounts for this new QBs Company is as follows:

                   --  QB Acct Type  --------------      Number/Name
                 Bank                                     101 –   Bank
                 Fixed Asset                         140 –   Remodeling Costs
                 Loan                                      220 --  Bank Loan Payable
                 Equity                                   350 –   Church Revenue
                 Income                                                None
                 Expense                                             None

                >>     This Project  is funded by these  Special Purpose Fund donations and by possible budgeted amounts
                        from the  
General Purpose Fund
Of course, you write checks to the new Remodeling Bank account for
                        this project. 
                >>     The  
Photo  (Balance Sheet) of the  new “Remodeling” QB Company would periodically show the

          a>      After depositing  the Church’s check which clears out the Special Purpose Fund account.

                                                                101 – Bank                                                $10,000
                                                                350 – Church Revenue                         $10,000

b>      After the deposit of the Bank’s Loan

                        101 – Bank                                                $50,000
                        220 – Bank Loans Payable                  $40,000
                        350 – Church Revenue                         $10,000

c>      After the project is well along and used its own checks to pay for its costs to date and the Church members has provided $5,000 more :

                        101 – Bank                                                $25,000
                        140 – Remodeling Costs                       $30,000
                        220 – Bank Loans Payable                  $40,000
                        350 – Church Revenue                         $15,000

d>     The Church have provided $7,000 more;  plus it has written a whole bunch of
checks for the Remodeling Costs and used the  remaining Bank balance of $12,000
to make principal payments on the Loan.  This Bank Acct is now closed upon
completion of the project.

                        101 – Bank                                                 $     000
                        140 – Remodeling Costs                       $50,000
                        220 – Bank Loans Payable                   $28,000
                        350 – Church Revenue                          $22,000

e>       This separate set of QBs has now served its purpose,  so you place the Remodeling
Costs of $50,000 in your present QBs set of books as a Fixed Asset; you reflect the
unpaid Bank Loan of $28,000 as a liability and the $22,000 residual balance appears
as a Fixed Asset Equity account

>>   Of course, future General Fund budgets will now include  “Debt Servicing” expenditures to pay for the remaining $28,000 principal payments plus the applicable amount of “Interest Expense”.
>>   As explained when you
Go Here,  you can regularly reflect the reduction of the principal payments and the increase in Fixed Asset Equity.   Or you can just do this as part of your fiscal year end closing effort.

   --  Management of a Ministry's Spending Limits -

         It is my personal conviction that Ministries should be as “Ministry Finance Internet Friendly” as possible as they utilize the meaningful tools provided by Computer systems and contemporary Internet resources.  An understood major management need is for them to stay within their " Spending Limits".    You are one who desires to do a better job of doing this,  so you format your QuickBooks (QBs). accounting system within context of the following:

        a>     You structure your accounting system to accommodate your unique "Fund Accounting" needs.   To do this you have a single  General Fund  that accounts for the Board discretionary money that you receive and spend.  You also receive money for a variety of  different  Special Funds   which are both Board approved  Donor Restricted monies as well as that which is Board  Designated

        b>    Let's suppose that your  "Actual to Budget" process by the type of   General Fund.  expense  (see samples when you Go Here)  with a department structure have not been adequate.  So you control spending within the General Fund  in a similar "running balance" manner as you do with your Special Funds. since you can readily control spending of such  Special Funds because you always know its "running balance."

        c>      For example, after a Church’s weekly deposit, and before buyers make any weekly expenditures, they know:

     >>    The components of the unrestricted “General Purpose Fund” as such money is assigned per the
           “Board of Leadership” priority order that is mentioned below for upcoming Fixed” Ministry
            expenditures like: Salaries/Benefits, Missions, Debt Servicing and Operating essentials like utilities, etc

     >>     If there is any remaining balance of the “General Purpose Fund”  following the above "Fixed " assignments
            that is now available to pay for any other “Variable Ministry expenditures;  sometimes by department, etc.  

        d>      To do this you divide up the General Fund  into separate spending areas so that you are able to view available "running balance" balances in those areas of the General Fund .   Please note the "600 Annual General Fund " series in the example below.  If such an area has a "running balance" then you can spend, etc.  You base this process on the principles set forth when you  Go Here,   You will note below that the Operating Depart 682 of the General Fund   has only $44.88 to spend, while the Special Fund  balance for Project 502 Project XYZ has $405.57.

   500 Special Funds   


      501 Missionary Jones - Support


      502 Project XYZ


      590 GPFund (Deficit) from previous years


      599 Board Emergency Fund


   Total 500 Special Fund Balances




   600 GPFund by "Fixed" & "Non Fixed" :    


      601 Salaries and Benefits


      620 Facility Expenses


      680 Operating Depart


      681 Operating Depart


      682 Operating Depart


   Total 600  - Total General Fund for this year




Total Balances


           e>   The Board has finance policies that determine that the above 600 Annual  General Fund  areas gets their discretionary income by order of importance ---  or by priority.   For example,  fixed expenses like "601 - Salaries and Benefits",  and   "620 -Facility Expenses"  are determined to get the first assignments of this discretionary General Fund  income.  Then the Board assigns the balance of such income according to their view of the most needed remaining 6xx Operating Depart   General Fund   areas.  

          f>  We have a eFinFax  Ministry accounting system that is structured along these lines so that the leaders of Ministry has weekly information like the above report that fundamentally answers the question:   "Do I have money to spend in my area of responsibility?"   Also please go to this  WebBOOK   mentioned above for more information on this topic.

           Further application of this “Ministry Finance Internet Friendly   eFinFax accounting system is that a Ministry can use Online resources to electronically move their Bank and Credit Card ATF (After the Fact) transactions to their QuickBooks (QBs) software.   This  eFinFax  system features also includes the following:

   >>      The  overall ATF process allows you to process fewer manual transactions
   >>       It simplifies the Bank and Credit Card Reconciliation process and
   >>       You can leave unused sums longer in daily 
Interest Bearing Savings accounts
   >>       You go online each week and pay off your Credit Card or Plastic Balance.
   >>       Then,  as indicated above,  you electronically move all possible transactions to ---
   >>       Your  
QuickBooks (QBs) computerized accounting system which is set up so that
   >>       You have the
weekly reports  like above and you have the option of either viewing
           Online or printing out hard copies
   >>       Which provides you with information that enables you to stay within your pre-approved
Spending Limits
   >>       Using Internet resources, you receive money that comes directly from the Payer’s bank
           to your bank.   This includes repetitive (or occasional) Donations plus Event registration
           and receipts.
   >>       You go Online and pay as many of your bills as possible – or money electronically goes
           from your bank and directly to their bank
   >>       You can arrange for the staff’s net pay to go electronically from your bank to their bank
           account.  This out-sourcing process may also file your payroll tax returns electronically.
   >>       You have a separate computerized
“People” database where you maintain and process
           Donation  information.  This could include electronically posting your deposit and
Special Fund  and General Fund information into your QuickBooks (QBs)
system, etc.
   >>        Remote staff/helpers (often trained volunteers) can be available via the Internet as you
            arrange for them  to help you either weekly and as needed, etc.

           Many of these   eFinFax   features can also apply to non QBs users.

           For more details about this overall resource please digest the list of link contents found when you Go Here

       I want to bring you up to date about our WebBOOKs.   Much of the following is duplicated when you Click Here  #4. 

  TO:  eReaders                                         RE: 
 Free  WebBOOKs Information                ORIGINATED:  October 2009  

      Available WebBOOKs and their Authors                                                                                         Month Completed

        " FINANCES AT CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES"                  -  by  Jim Bramer                           November 2009
                                                                                                       Retired Auditor -

                         FINANCE  INTERNET  FRIENDLY'"                  -  by
  Brad Pendable -  CFO                   June 2010                          

      Some thoughts about dealing with                                  Co - Authored by                          
September 2010
           a Ministry's    "MOST IMPORTANT            
              Brad Pendable -  CFO
            FINANCIAL  ISSUES ---  MIFIs"
    and   Jim  Bramer  
                                                                                                       Retired Auditor - CPA                                                            


                                                                                            Under Construction


 DOES YOUR MINISTRY  'really'  HAVE                                     Co-Authored by
            MONEY TO  SPEND ?
                                                   Brad Pendable -  CFO

                                                                                                                and   Jim  Bramer  
                                                                                                        Retired Auditor - CPA              

 THE USE OF QUICKBOOKS (QBs)                                                Authored by
           AT A CHURCH                                                                        
 Jim  Bramer   
                                                                                                         Retired Auditor - CPA

SCHOOL ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE  MATTERS                   Co-Authored by
                                                                                                          Brad Pendable -  CFO

                                                                                                                and   Jim  Bramer  
                                                                                                          Retired Auditor - CPA

       via the use of ONLINE TOOLs
                                                                                                                Jim  Bramer
                                                                                                        Retired Auditor - CPA

                                                     - - - - -  P E R S P E C T I V E  of  our  e B O O K S  - - - - -

          Every "Christian Ministry"  (often called a Christ Centered Entity or Endeavor) should be the very best steward of its financial resources.    My personal goal is to help them adhere to Scriptural Truths found when you Go Here and do just that as they especially utilize the applicable "Online Tools" that are available via Computers and the Internet.     CFO Brad Pendable and I are publishing these free WebBOOKs beginning in October 2009  ---  we prefer to NOT call them "WebBOOKs" because they flow from our web sites and they are free.

          One of the Internet tools is what is called "links", or hyper-link resources.  They allow you to "link" to an Internet resource as you "click" and go immediately to the related topic within the Internet.   For example, please notice these "Blue" "links" herein.  A meaningful way to empower   Christian Ministries  to be the righteous stewards of financial resources for which they are responsible is for their people to have access to written or non verbal material;   yea,  “Book”  like  resources.  Further, any user of "WebBOOKs" herein (we will reference such a person in the future as an eReader)  will NOT have to pay money in order to use them ---  like when you buy the usual hard copy book.  There are no "copyright" features involved with any of our  "WebBOOKs";  or the eReader can go to www.bcidot.org  and not pay money as they do such things as the following: 

      1>       Read the content of any of these free  "WebBOOKs" directly from the Website itself so that our mutual objectives
              are reached.  Namely, we share our applicable experiences and/or thoughts in writing on that topic and the
              eReader  utilizes it to appropriately manage this area of their Ministry. 
       2>      Or, as applicable, you, as the eReader,  can move the contents of these  "WebBOOK"  pages (produced
             using the “html” Internet facility
) to a Document (like Word or PDF) on your computer where you can link to
             Internet writings, or any other such resource, as you carry out perhaps your learning and/or tutorial objectives.  
             Please Go Here for some "copy and paste" instructions.

      Another significant Internet feature of these "WebBOOKs" is for the  eReader  to be able to use a "Search"  process to locate the use of an applicable key word, or term.  As you can imagine, this resource is a tremendous help in finding what you need, etc.

            You will note that a number of these WebBOOKs are currently Under Construction.  Please note that the content within the indicated Under Construction   "Blue" links currently provide you with some preliminary, or foundational,  information, etc. 
             Please let us know at Jim@bcidot.org  or  Brad@rpfin.org  if you have some comments or need more information.

Click below for Potentially Helpful Online Links for you JIMs JRNL Readers: (1)      

>>  Seven  reasons Churches should offer Electronic Giving Options  -
>>  Credit Card use at Churches can be Good, Bad or Just Plain Ugly
>>  Mileage rates for 2011

>>  Why Good Financial Accounting Is Essential to Good Ministry

Current "Ministry Finance" Truism (2)

              Below is one of my Ministry Finance precepts/beliefs/principles, or  "rules of thumb".    Please go to  0069  for a complete TRUISMS list

                      "REPORTS - FINANCIAL --  Good financial reports are only as good as the people who understand and use them."

          Prayerful Thots (3):  
                                Yesterday is a canceled check, 
                                Tomorrow is a promissory note, 
                                But today is the financial resources that you have.  Be thankful !!  
                                Are you wrinkled with care and worry? Get your faith lifted… 

     This "Blogger" like monthly endeavor (99) allows me to share some personal comments/thoughts as to Ministry Finance issues plus matters concerning Righteous Personal Finance for Christian people.  Please go to  0200  for further explanation and links to earlier JIM's JRNLs.  The four digit links  xxxx  and some  "Click Here" herein come from www.bcidot.org sources. 

    If you would like to receive the next monthly JIM's JRNL during the first week of the subsequent month,  please join the following Yahoo Group:   ---- http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JIMsJRNL/.    Caution --- the non  www.bcidot.org  web links that I reference herein do NOT necessarily imply my endorsement.   Further, if any of these links do not work, let us know which one at   Jim@bcidot.org.  Lists of our  www.bcidot.org  articles (or Web Docs), can be found at  9708  9709  and 9710

 Probable "Ministry Finance Lingo", or "Frequently Used Vocational Terms" used herein, appear below:

            BLVR =  Someone who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, CBA = Church Business Administrator, CBAer;  CMS = Church Management Software/System;  CPA = Certified Public Accountant;  GAAP = Generally Accepted Accounting Principles/Practices;  GPFund or GPF = General Purpose Fund; MFTeam or MFT= Ministry Finance Team;  QBOE = QuickBooks Online Edition;  QBooks or QB = Quickbooks; RPFin 
= Righteous Personal Finance , SPFunds or SPFs = Special Purpose Funds


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This document was updated last on:  July 09, 2011