Regular financial reporting to parishioners is a must to keep them informed, as well as to show transparency. Including a brief monthly financial report in the bulletin or the parish newsletter is a good way to accomplish this.
The idea is to have a breakdown of revenue and expenses that is easily understood by the average parishioner. Something that they can relate to, much like their own household budget.
Also, in case you missed our in-depth look at financial transparency for stewardship parishes posted here a few months back, click here for Deacon Don McArdle’s archived post.