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8.1 In both their personal capacity and their pastoral ministry clergy are involved in matters of a financial nature. The ministry of church workers may include financial management. The financial dealings of clergy and church workers have a significant impact on the Church and the community.
8.2 Financial integrity is essential to all financial processes and transactions.
8.3 Clergy and church workers with overall authority for financial management in a church body are responsible for the implementation and maintenance of proper systems for financial integrity and accountability. They cannot delegate this responsibility to anyone else.
These standards state the Church’s expectations for personal behaviour and the practice of pastoral ministry.
8.4 You are not to avoid payment of your just debts and family support obligations.
8.5 You are not to engage in tax evasion.
8.6 You are not to seek personal advantage or financial gain for yourself or your family from your position or from a pastoral relationship, beyond your stipend or wage and recognised allowances and deductions.
8.7 You are not to allow yourself to be influenced by offers of money or financial reward.
8.8 You are to avoid situations of conflict between your personal financial interest and your pastoral ministry responsibilities.
8.9 You are to arrange your personal and church finances to ensure that clear account and transaction boundaries are maintained.
8.10 You are to fully disclose and be publicly accountable for all church monies which you handle.
8.11 If you have overall authority for financial management in a church body, you are to ensure that:
These guidelines explain and illustrate best practice and highlight practical ways to achieve it.
8.12 You should ensure that your salary packaging and the accounts of any church body for which you have responsibility are in accordance with Church and civil taxation and accounting requirements.
8.13 If you have overall authority for financial management in a church body, you should minimise the risk of you and other clergy and church workers being accused of or engaging in financial impropriety by:
8.14 If you are offered or receive a gift, whether monetary or otherwise, from a person with whom you have a pastoral relationship, you should:
8.15 You should manage your finances so that personal debts, including those to any church body, are paid when due and in full.
8.16 You should avoid borrowing money from, or lending money to, a person with whom you have a pastoral relationship as this may place you in a position where your personal interest conflicts with your pastoral responsibilities. If you do, then disclose the circumstances to a supervisor or colleague. In some cultures where there are communal ownership and kinship obligations, this guideline may be applied differently.
Professional Standards Unit - Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney
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Anglican Diocese of Sydney