It was decided to develop a project to pilot the proposal to provide bookkeeping services and support to Congregations and Presbyteries. This was designed to provide additional services to facilitate better quality information and more efficient processes and upskill and educate treasurers. This program will be run on an opt-in basis.
The Synod was overwhelmed by the number and calibre of responses, 10 congregations were chosen to lead the way in developing the product and support service. Successful congregations were: Northside & Seaforth Mackay, Living Faith, Toowong, West End Tongan, Broadwater Rd, Gympie, The Gap, St Andrew Mount Isa, Oakey, Tingalpa & South Moreton Presbytery.
Congregation accounting and bookkeeping services
The initial pilot program is drawing to a close with most congregations running parallel systems. It is proving to be a resounding success with many learnings and improvements continuing to be made across the group. One important factor to note is that for those congregations that use MYOB or Quicken in a desktop environment (not on the Cloud), support for those modules in many cases is likely to be discontinued in the future. A replacement strategy should be sought to ensure ongoing support and service.
To continue the initial success, we are now calling for expressions of interest for the next pilot and implementation program to be rolled out to congregations. The Synod office will cover the $220 conversion cost for the first 20 new applications. Please advise of your interest in this second round.