Church business administrators are responsible for overseeing the business affairs of a church; their general responsibilities include working with pastors and financial committees to develop budgets, handling church accounting and finances, presenting financial information to governing bodies, managing funds, and administering payroll and employee benefits. They may also manage church properties and facilities, oversee maintenance, and plan long-term improvement projects. They generally use computers, telephones, and standard office supplies when working.
Church business administrators work with various members of the parish or clergy, such as priests, nuns, pastors, and others who performs services and are involved in pastoral activities. These administrators may also work with volunteers who assist with fund-raising or charity events. They are often veterans in their line of work, as more than half have more than ten years of experience, and women make up the vast majority of those in this position.
Church business administrators keep churches running properly without spending too much money. They enable churches to perform and host all of the various functions that they hold, as they are in charge of the finances and play a key role in all of their business functions. While churches exist for different purposes than most of the companies which employ business administrators, churches still need someone to keep their money and activities organized.
A bachelor's degree in business management and accounting/management skills are generally required for this position, and some employers may prefer those who have master's degrees or are certified public accountants. The mission of a church is not to make a profit, but it still requires money to function, so business administration-related tasks are generally common throughout the industry. Church business administrators usually work about thirty hours per week Monday through Friday and generally report to a senior pastor or equivalent and an information technology administrator.
Church Business Administrator Tasks
Work with pastor and financial committees to develop the church budget.
Handle church finances and accounting, present financial information to church governing bodies.
Develop church budget and manage church funds, administer payroll and employee benefits.
Manage church property and facilities, overseeing maintenance and planning long-term improvement projects.