Why is ECFA certifying churches without requiring the same public disclosure as non-churches?

Posted: October 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

For those who have suffered for asking about finances and questioned your church’s unwillingness to fully disclose their financial records with the argument that they have been approved by the ECFA. My former church falls in this category.

Musings from under the bus.


The fact that the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) approves churches as easily as it does other 501(c)3 groups should be a matter of grave concern to the evangelical church that the ECFA serves.

If the ECFA is going to maintain its integrity it will have to change its method of approving churches.

While I totally understand and agree with the position that churches should not be regulated by the government in any way or required by the government to be burdened with the same disclosure requirements as other 501(c)3 not for profit organizations, I do not understand the why and the how behind the ability of the ECFA to actually certify churches without requiring at least the same information that is available to the public on a standard I-990 form.

The argument, with which I strongly agree, that the government has no business regulating the church in any…

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