This page lists important financial information that is beneficial to presbyteries and congregations within the Synod of the Trinity. This page will be updated regularly. If there is information you would like to see posted here, contact Synod Treasurer Chantal Atnip at treasurer@syntrinity.org.

Synod Per Capita set at $2.30 for 2018-19

At the Sept. 13-14, 2017 meeting of the Synod of the Trinity Governing Commission, a motion was made for the Synod portion of Per Capita for 2019 to be set at $2.30, the fourth year at this rate. The $2.30 figure does not completely cover those items identified as Per Capita expenses.

Synod of the Trinity Per Capita:

2016 – $2.30
2017 – $2.30
2018 – $2.30
2019 – $2.30

How to obtain a 501C3 letter.

Click here.

Church Treasurers’ Manual(s)

Available is the 2017 version of the Church Treasurer’s Manual from the Presbytery of Philadelphia that is used at its annual workshop. There is a detailed self-audit checklist in the Appendix of the attached manual here on pages 60-67. This manual has evolved over the years, and probably still needs more work, but Philadelphia has found that it is a good start for most churches.

New Overtime Regulations

Several resources are available to help you at your presbytery and congregations regarding the new overtime regulations. Please know these are just informational – and that you will need to discuss this with your financial folks as well as other counsel (i.e. your auditors) to make sure you are correctly handling these changes.

A presbytery resource can be found here.

A simpler overview is this weblink here. Art serves as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (located in Wake Forest, N.C.) and is co-founder of Rainer Publishing.

Another source can be accessed here.

Church Offering Envelope Retention

How long should your church keep offering envelopes? One step can help limit the length of time to store these documents. Find out more by clicking here.

Workman’s Compensation

Is a church required to carry Workman’s Compensation for a part-time pastor? Find out here.

Sample Housing Resolution

Information for ministers who own or rent their home here.

2017 Mid Council Financial Network Conference

The 2017 Mid Council Financial Network Conference will be held Nov. 15-17 in Long Beach, CA. The theme this year is “Kicking & Screaming into the 21st Century.” Several experienced and well-qualified speakers are lined up, including keynote speaker Rev. Denise Anderson, co-moderator of the 222nd General Assembly; plenary speaker Cory Halliburton with WKPZ Law Firm; and representatives from Presbyterian Foundation, Board of Pensions, Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Texas Presbyterian Foundation and other Presbyterian Mission leaders.

This event is a continuing education and training opportunity for synod, presbytery and church financial persons. Efforts are being made with presenters and various others to bring the most up-to-date information for this conference. Details are as follows:

  • Dates: Nov. 15-17, 2017
    • start with breakfast on Wednesday and end at noon Friday
  • Location: Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802
    • Group room rate $169 + tax
  • Hotel Reservations: Click here

If making reservations by phone, call the hotel directly at (562) 481-3904. Be sure to give the group code PBC.

This hotel is the only waterfront hotel in Long Beach with a view of the ocean as well as the city line. The historic Queen Mary is with-in walking distance, and the Aquarium of the Pacific is only five minutes away via shuttle. There is a complimentary shuttle that stops at Hotel Maya every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight to take guests into downtown Long Beach where there are countless dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Registration brochure is available here. For more information, contact Diane Dulaney, treasury assistant, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at (888) 728-7228 ext. 5542.

Pennsylvania, Ohio Annual Corporate Officer Report

This applies to presbyteries and churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio. (West Virginia is the only state that does not allow churches to incorporate so this does not apply to you.)

For churches in Pennsylvania, please take the time to submit the annual report to the PA Department of State. This will help reserve your corporate name – and will exempt you from the Decennial Filing in 2021. We have verified that the Synod is correctly registered with the state of PA. We did this by going to the PA Department of State site – and did an entity search (click here).

That gave us the correct corporate name for the Synod. We then did a search for corporate annual report in Pennsylvania. We’ve attached it for your use – but you can go online and use the online fillable form. You also have the option of creating a login (we did not). The online form can be found here.

In Ohio, churches should file a “Statement of Continued Existence” once every five years. There is a $25 fee to file. More information is available through the Ohio Handbook for Nonprofits here and the Compliance Checklist for Ohio Nonprofit Corporations here.

Please encourage every church to do this as regulated – and make sure your presbytery does this as well. It’s FREE!!!! And it’s easy.