A Parishioner's Guide to Understanding Parish Finances

National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, 2007.


This document is a tool to evaluate lay people's awareness of congregational finances and policies.


15 assessment questions

Recommended Audience

clergy and staff, especially Roman Catholi



Practical Applications

  • Initiate a conversation about stewardship, giving, and the congregation's financial resources by using these questions as a starting point.
  • Promote financial transparency within the congregation by sharing this assessment.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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