People of faith believe in the importance of stewardship. The word steward refers to a person who manages—but does not own—a household. In ancient times, a good steward was trustworthy and accountable for everything from a household’s finances and property to its reputation. Today, we see it as taking good care of the things that God entrusts to us.
Often, there is a church finances committee, council, or board of trustees. To fully engage all these stakeholders and religious donors, faith-based nonprofits are under increasing pressure to demonstrate the impact of tithes, offerings, bequests and endowments on the dual missions of helping people and supporting the congregation. Precise accounting and complete, transparent reporting of church finance are the hallmarks of stewardship.