FINANCIAL RECORD KEEPING IN RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS A CASE STUDY OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENUGU DIOCESE

FINANCIAL RECORD KEEPING IN RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS A CASE STUDY OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENUGU DIOCESE

 

ABSTRACT

This research project concerned a study of the financial record keeping of religious organizations: A Case Study of Catholic Churches in Enugu Diocese. A sample of sixty-three parishes was made from the diocese. Investigations were carried on their financial control used both internally and externally, the accounting system and financial decisions/reporting adopted. This showed whether there was an efficient and effective financial record keeping in the church. Since rth research aimed at investigating existing financial record keeping or practice the employment of descriptive method of research was found adequate. The main instruments used for the collection of primary data were the structured libraries and other research units served as secondary data. The researcher ensured that the questionnaire possessed to a large extent the characteristics necessary and adequate for the purpose of validity and reliability. Data collected were analyzed and presented with percentages and tables and hypothesis were tested with the chi-square (X2) statistics and the following results emerged.  The study revealed that the church keeps proper record of its e accounts and that there is accountability and responsibility, every member of the finance council has to give account of the money entrusted to him. It also showed that the church makes yearly budget before expenses are incurred and that authorization and control of church expenditure is vested on the management team.  Based on the finds, both short and long term measures were recommended as ways of enhancing financial record keeping in religious organizations.