Church members are incredibly important to any religious organization, and when these individuals volunteer to spread the message and mission of the church, it brings even more value to the organization as a whole.
Today, most volunteers are associated with religious organizations — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 62 million people volunteered between 2014 and 2015, and over 33 percent of these volunteers spent their hours with a church or other type of religious institution.
As church volunteer groups grow, it’s important that organizational leaders and those managing outreach programs and other services keep the needs of their volunteers in mind. Members who spend their own time for the good of the church and the community have certain needs to enable them to continue their work, and a chief requirement here has to do with spending.
They Need an Easy Way to Keep Track of Spending
No matter what type of activity volunteers are engaged in, chances are good that they will have certain expenditures. This is especially true when volunteers are engaged in mission trips, but even events taking place inside the church come with necessary spending — after all, snacks, supplies, and other items have to come from somewhere.
Some spending will be funded by current donations, while other expenditures may be taken care of by volunteers out of their own pocket, when the situation calls for it. No matter how spending takes place, it must be tracked — donations must be accounted for and churches need to keep records of their expenditures for tax purposes.
Providing volunteers with a mobile expense solution is one of the easiest ways to keep track of each and every transaction. In this way, volunteers and church leaders can record spending as it happens, verifying that not a single donated dollar goes unaccounted for.
They’re Always on the Go, and They Don’t Have Time to Hassle with Receipts
Whether on the church’s campus or out and about in the community, volunteers are skilled at taking their mission wherever they go. In the past, church members may have been responsible for hanging onto their own receipts as a method of tracking spending, then either submitting these to a church leader or inputting them into a spreadsheet or expense reporting system themselves.
Technology has come a long way since then, though. A mobile expense reporting solution puts an end to messy expense reporting processes for volunteers, and it can really streamline things on the go. Now, volunteers need not walk around with their pockets full of crumpled receipts — they can quickly snap a photo of their receipts and input them into the expense reporting solution right from their mobile device.
This translates to the best visibility of spending for church leaders and eliminates the problem of lost receipts. With a mobile solution on their side, volunteers can focus more on the activity at hand and worry less about remembering to keep receipts and input expenses by hand.
They Require Quick Reimbursement
Typically a church’s efforts are funded by donations, but sometimes an expense might come up that must be covered. Volunteers are often happy to reach into their own pockets for the good of their organization, but they also expect reimbursement, and making them wait for resolution isn’t ideal for anyone.
A mobile expense reporting solution isn’t just handy for volunteers, but it can simplify the process of reimbursement for church leaders as well. Expenses can quickly be looked over and approved, cutting down delays in the reimbursement process and ensuring volunteers are always supported.
Arm Volunteers with Mobile Expense Reporting: It Makes Your Life Easier!
Mobile expense reporting provides numerous advantages — not just for church member volunteers but for ministry leaders as well. In addition to streamlining overall reporting and eliminating disorganized and lost receipts, investing in mobile expense reporting technology can help free up extra capital for the organization.
“Church expenses can be unpredictable,” MinistryTech noted. “Platforms that connect to mobile apps allow you to access funds and approve requests from any smartphone or computer, whether you’re doing outreach work in the next town or the next state over. The increased visibility can actually make spending more efficient and save money for your church.”
To find out more about the good a mobile expense reporting solution could do for your church, contact us for a free trial today.