The National and Diocesan Canons require that each congregation’s financial records be audited annually. Such an audit serves to protect the financial officers and employees of the church and often leads to improvement in the church’s financial management procedures.
Ideally, the services of a professional auditor should be secured to do this church audit. Frequently, however, this service may be costly and beyond the economic means of the congregation.
Another approach is for a team of accountants and/or business people to audit the books of a neighboring congregation, and vice versa. In such a “congregational exchange,” the audit is performed for little if any cost and the utilization of auditors outside the congregation helps preserve the objectivity of the audit.
We thank you for your time and effort in conducting this audit. If we can be of any help, please contact us.
The Finance Department
Please use the audit kit below for churches under $500,000. For churches over $500,000, we ask for an independent audit by a CPA.
Send audits by September 1 to:
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
3717 Chestnut Street, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19104