Maintain Good Control Practices is Essential for Churches and Non-Profits

July 7, 2012 · Posted in Accounting · Comment 

Each non-profit organization has an obligation to manage integrity for its supporters through appropriate money-handling processes, filing, and auditing. External procedures include the way a non-profit organization represents itself, its mission, as well as its use connected with contributed funds.

An institution should have the ability to promote itself aggressively, without having to use hyperbole or misrepresentations. Internal procedures include everything from handling inbound mail, instruction of phone receptionists, capital and data flow, and controls.

Incoming mail procedures are very important, mainly because the man or woman who retrieves the mail, often is not the one that takes action on bills, donations, or important material. Phone receptions need to be trained to be courteous, as well as be aware of mission of the organization and it is possible to turn for help for any kind of request which may be unusual.

Phone receptionists are significant since they often are the “face” of the particular organization. They are commonly the earliest contact that the outsider has with the organization, and the impression which can be made is valuable. Therefore, training the receptionist should be regarded as a worthwhile investment.

Internal controls on money-handling are many times overlooked. The assumption is that people are honest. While this assumption is oftentimes correct, the desire for money-handling procedures goes beyond characterizing the money-handlers. Keeping an “honest man honest” is one step-above having no procedures. Being able to successfully advertise to the outside world that money-handling procedures are in place, that can be audited, is even closer to the suitable.

In other words, money-handling procedures add to the integrity of the organization. Duties should really be separated. Two non-related people should be involved with every practical part of money handling. Signing privileges should be separated from reporting and data entry. No signers should be allowed to edit the accounting books, for example.

Reporting and audits have three stages of escalating integrity. An internal review shows that reports are viewed by the board of an organization and made available to its constituency. A compilation is the general review by an impartial, outside reviewer, who verifies some level of accounting integrity has taken place. An audit by an third party agency is the very best procedure.

Sometimes it is cost-prohibitive, but it could very well add value to the organization. Record keeping is a needed function for a non-profit organization. There are a number of non-profit software programs that are available on the marketplace to enhance the record-keeping functions. They have good integration with membership communicating and book keeping capabilities. An organization should have a functional software, and robust internal procedures.

Take the next step.? This PowerChurch document containing church management software provides continuing information. You will be well equipped with important knowledge for establishing proper strategies and controls.

Merrily Merrily Merrily Life Is Not A Dream Its A Vacation

May 7, 2012 · Posted in Education · Comment 

I have spent a lot of my Life trying to figure out what is the truth to Life and the Universe . I have done much reading and taken different pieces of the truth from many different religions. Many Religions I have found to be obviously False. Even though things are proven to be false over and over People do continue on “Faith” to believe them. My ideas here are as a Theory of what I have come up with so far. There is No Box where things have to be 100% True and can not be wrong. They are only what you Believe and want them to be. Here I will try to explain what I think the truth is so far and why I believe it to be true ! This is an on going work and there will be many updates and Changes as time goes by and I learn more. Please feel free to ask Questions because that is how we find the Answers. Lets be clear I am not Saying I am God or the Son of God, I am Saying that We as a Human race are all small Pieces of what we think of as God ! [I:]

Your First Step: The Universe only knows what is in your mind ! If your Brain has negative emotions and thoughts then that is what it brings you . Be careful what your mind thinks about. I am going to start you off by telling you this Life is nothing more than VACATIONISM !!!

The Therory of Vactionism is that every person and every Living thing is Energy . We all come from this Giant energy ball that floats some where in the Middle of the Universe . When we are a part of the Energy Ball we are all Connected, We are individuals yet we are one and the same and we feel only Joy Happiness Peace (No Negative Emotions) and we are never alone !

Every now and again things get a little Boring, We are curious beings that seek new adventures. We leave the Energy Ball and we travel the Universe and look for something to become for a while. For those of us here on Earth We become Humans , Animals Trees and Plants . (I am not Sure maybe other things too like Clouds and stuff like that)

While we are here we have these Corporeal bodies that we live in. These Bodies keep us from Truly being a part of each other as we are used to being. (Sex being the Closest Thing we can experaince to togetherness while in these bodies) These Bodies are also the reason for many negative emotions.

As Children We learn that if we touch a hot stove it hurts the body , So we learn pain and because of pain we learn fear and because of fear and Pain we allow ourselves to fear and distrust those things we do not remember we know and understand. Often we spend our Lives, Hiding away not trusting anything in an attempt to protect this body (This Body is Nothing more then a rental car you would get while on Vacation)

We come here to enjoy experiences, But We spend our time hating and fearing each other. We are all like Roses from a Bush, Some in Different Colored Vases. Why would a Rose hate its Brother Rose because it is in a Red vase while the other Rose a Blue vase?

This Life is a Vacation and we are here to enjoy it and bring back the Experiences to the Giant Energy Ball and share our Vacation Photos with everyone else that is there. What will you have to show? A Life time of Working 9 to 5 and hiding in fear or will you have some Great Crazy Vacation Photos to Share?

This Life is not reality it is only a Vacation. When a Human dies a few Minutes Later there is an Energy Discharge from the Body , I believe that is who we truly are !

There is a great and Powerful Being that helps Control the Universe but it is not mean and it does not Judge Us it is a part of Us and Us a part of it. It tries to help us out by sending us what it thinks we need. The Brain and our thoughts work on energy when we think and feel negative Emotions then that is what it sends to us and we Draw to ourselves. This Life is Nothing more then a Short vacation and Should be taken with no more Seriousness then that !!!

As with anything in life there is more To Come, Life is what you make it – Your Bro LJ James. Reality is a Man Made Prison I Choose to No Longer Live in . [I:]

LJ James was a freelance Author and he owns a abercrombie and fitch Style T-Shirt Company LJ James was also the partner on an online TV show

First Presbyterian, One Of The Most Innovative Texarkana Churches

April 27, 2012 · Posted in Family · Comment 

Innovation and church probably don’t go hand-in-hand in most people’s minds. Nevertheless, First Presbyterian Church in Texarkana, Arkansas has a rich and continued history of being innovative among the Texarkana churches. Particularly, First Presbyterian has always been progressive in its promotion of education.

The churches high priority regarding education goes back to its very beginning. Its first preacher, Dr. Goldberg, actually established the first public school in Texarkana in the early 1900′s. Goldberg was an outstanding educator and sought after preacher.

Later in the 1960′s, the church took another innovative step and sought to meet the needs of special education young children. They did so by organizing a special education kindergarten in 1967. The class grew and funding was sought to build classrooms to house three classes for special needs children. Those three classes were the roots of what is now Opportunities, Inc., a major non-profit agency meeting the need of hundreds of special needs adults and children.

Today, the church continues its rich legacy of began an education innovator. The church became the first and only church among Texarkana churches to adopt a creative form of christian education known as Godly Play in 2011. Godly Play offers children a hands-on experience of bible stories. Children are mentored by the story teller on how to ready themselves to hear God’s Word and respond to it. The process is montessori based method of education.

Upon seeing the success of Godly Play within it’s Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs, the christian education committee of the church decided to take Godly Play two steps further. The first step being the use of Godly Play as a foundation for Vacation Bible School. In the Summer of 2011, First Presbyterian discarded using commercially produced vacation bible school curriculum and produce its own VBS using 5 Godly Play parables. The effort was a resounding success with an enrollment increase of 50 percent.

The other new use of Godly Play was the adoption of it as a method of christian education for developmentally disabled adults. The Godly Play program is ideal suited for developmentally disabled adults because it is not heavily dependent upon particular stages of cognitive development. This is because the method is primarily process focused and meets participants at whatever level they are.

To achieve the goal of ministry to developmentally disabled adult First Presbyterian Church at the end of 2011 partnered with Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. Each week clients have the opportunity to experience Godly Play following a meal with the rest of the congregation. Clients are also free to join the bible study for church members as well.

First Presbyterian church is very likely to continue to be an innovative presence among Texarkana churches, if the past is any indication of this congregation’s future.

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Bibles Along With Christian Books Will Enhance Your Faith Experience

February 3, 2012 · Posted in Lifestyle · Comment 

While many are searching for the truth, do not forget to look to the original source of truth: your bibles. In modern times, so many of us look for fulfillment, direction, encouragement and motivation to live our lives as God would have us. I am one of those people, and I hope you are, too. I am not diminishing the significance of daily devotion, or the impact made by, or truth found within, Christian books and Christian movies; I just encourage all to read their bibles first.

As a child, I so vividly recall my mother’s tattered and torn bible, with a bunch of highlighted pages. My mother never missed bringing it to church on Sundays. I think back upon this memory and realize that she wore her bible out in search of God’s truth and guidance. As I reflect on this experience, I realize that her actions set a very good example for me and my siblings. My mother taught me that the absolute truth can only be found inside the bible and that external literature or works (e.g., Christian books and Christian movies) must serve to strengthen the bible’s truth.

As I’ve grown older, I really enjoy buying Christian living gear, which includes audio bibles, music, DVDs, clothing, home dcor, crafts and more. As a woman, I particularly enjoy women’s devotionals that focus on many of the encouraging passages in the bible that speak directly to women of all ages. I also like to purchase accessories for my bible, including leather bible covers and carriers. And when the holiday season comes around, I purchase a lot of gifts for my friends and family members.

Adding to this list, I like to buy DVDs from my favorite Christian musicians and books from my favorite Christian authors. Online shopping is easiest because all of my items are shipped directly to my home. I’ve also discovered that many Internet merchants have search-able inventories and options to order backordered merchandise. And the best thing about shopping online: my online searches for devotional materials have yielded some wonderful online Christian communities. I am very blessed because I have been welcomed in these communities; not to mention my new friends.

As you continue your quest for God’s guidance, I encourage you to read your bibles and to supplement this truth with Christian living gear. By following these simple actions, your daily life will be blessed beyond measure. May you find inner peace, joy and all the blessings that God has in store for your future.

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