Church Business Administrator

published 4/24/2018

The Grove UMC is seeking a part-time business administrator to oversee the business affairs of this dynamic church. The Grove UMC has two locations in Woodbury and Cottage Grove, MN.

The candidate will provide timely, efficient, and accurate bookkeeping services; manage accounts payable, general ledger, payroll, electronic giving, contributions, and financial databases; prepare and present financial reports and analysis to the church leadership; negotiate and oversee vendor contracts; manage building usage agreements; serve as a contact for the 3rd party IT company; act as a resource to enthusiastic ministry teams, the stewardship committee, the respected pre-school program; and participate on the Core Team.

The candidate will be:

  • Analytical and thorough
  • Detail-orientated and organized
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Self-starter with drive, initiative, and focus
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Ability to establish relationships and develop trust
  • Desire to help people and support the growth of the church
  • Passion for financial stewardship


  • Process Accounts Payable and disperse funds as authorized
  • Complete bank statement reconciliations -Act as a contact for parishioners with online giving, endowment, & stock gift inquiries 
  • Process incoming contributions, prepare bank deposits, maintain contributor records
  • Oversee the electronic giving platform and process 
  • Participate in the annual internal financial audit
  • Lead the annual budget process
  • Advise the Stewardship Committee and Pre-School Program 
  • Vendor contract management: IT, facilities maintenance, mortgage, equipment, etc.
  • Facilitate communication with third-party IT provider
  • Manage building use agreements in cooperation with the building scheduler
  • Lead a team of volunteers who count the weekly contributions
  • Review and submit monthly payroll for church staff using ADP 
  • Complete HR documentation and maintain personal files
  • Benefits administration
  • Update financial policies, procedures, and processes as needed
  • Contribute to Core Team meetings twice a month by preparing and presenting financial statements with analysis and recommendations 
  • Communicate financial information to the congregation via newsletter articles


  • BA in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • CPA designation or Advanced degree preferred
  • 5+ years in accounting and financial management 
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in non-profit accounting and financial oversight. Experience with faith-based organizations a plus.
  • Excellent computer skills required: MS Office, ADP RUN payroll, church management and accounting software, and a willingness to learn additional software applications
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to maintain necessary records and reports pertinent to the finance function

Application Info:
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to

Position Type:
20 hours per week

Contact: Dan Wetterstrom

Address: Two locations in Woodbury and Cottage Grove, MN

Phone: 651-738-0305



Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058