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Updated Manual of Business Methods for congregations available from Episcopal Church Finance Office

May 2, 2012
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The Episcopal Church Finance Office has updated major sections and chapters of the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, available for downloading at no charge at

‘The Manual of Business Methods is an important tool for efficient congregational financial management and oversight,” explained N. Kurt Barnes, Episcopal Church Treasurer and CFO.  “The recent updates, which are indicated by dates at the end of each chapter, include new areas important for congregational operations.”

Section topics include Financial Management, Internal Controls, Taxes and the Episcopal Church, Bookkeeping, Clergy Discretionary Funds, Audit Guidelines for Congregations, Risk Management and Insurance, Parochial Reports, and Records Management.

Additional chapters and appendices will be updated during the course of 2012.  Spanish- and French-language editions are also being updated and will be available in mid-June.

Also available is the 2011 Trust Fund Book, downloadable at no charge at .    

Issued annually, the Trust Fund Book provides an update on the trust fund portfolio and investment activities of The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America.

For more information contact Barnes at

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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer