Welcome to a behind-the-scenes look at some of the processes we have used to establish our administrative culture. Over the years, we have brainstormed, strategized, tweaked, and modified our model. We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not there yet! We hope to always be learning, growing, and becoming ALL that God designed us to be. We hope you will find these links helpful. Thanks for stopping by.
The Articles of Incorporation of Origin Church, Inc. were approved by the Secretary of State Corporations with the State of Georgia. Origin Church, Inc. was officially incorporated in the State of Georgia on October 22, 2007.
Origin Church, Inc.
Registered Control Number is 07087384
“Let everyone be subject to governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:1-2 NIV)
The Board of Directors of Origin Church, Inc. is deeply committed to the highest level of accountability in life, ministry, and finances. Scripture is clear that Christians are called to submit to governing authorities and laws unless forced to disobey the Scripture. Christian churches and ministries should establish the strongest legal foundation and financial accountability in their lives, churches and ministries. In fact, Christians should be the standard-bearer for society.
In 1 Peter 2:17, the Scripture says to “Fear God, Honor the King.” To fear God is to honor our leaders. Here at Origin Church we take the Scripture seriously and live by it. We stand on both the warnings and promises of God.
Every believer and participant in fellowship with Origin Church Inc. can be confident that its corporate veil is undeniable and this ministry honors the Word of God and the governing authorities which God has established.
In addition, every believer and participant in fellowship with Origin Church, Inc. can also be assured that the Board of Directors maintains all the necessary and legal documents required to operate a Christian church and ministry. Some of these records include Articles of Incorporation, Form SS-4, Constitution & Bylaws, and Resolutions and Board of Directors’ Meeting Minutes. Our partnership with our accountants and advisors has made Origin Church, Inc. a more formidable force to fulfill God’s mission.
Constitution & Bylaws
The Constitution & Bylaws of Origin Church, Inc. sets up its governing authority in this way: We are guarded by the directors, guided by the staff, and gifted through the membership. The lead pastor and his staff serve together as a team to lead and minister the Word of God and coach the people of God to be empowered with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Board of Directors of Origin Church, Inc. have approved policies as required by law. All policies are subordinate to the regulations within the Constitution & Bylaws of this church. Some of these approved policies include but not limited to, Benevolence, Cell Phone, Conflict of Interest, Handling Gifts & Donated Property, Intellectual Property, and Document Retention.
Accounting & Advisory Support
Origin Church is advised by and recommends the following accounting and advisory teams to ensure the highest level of accountability and legal foundation for Christian churches and ministries throughout our great nation, The United States of America.
Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co PA
Ministry Bookkeeping & Accountants
Steve Richardson & Co. CPA’s, PC
”Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22 NIV).
‘HOW DO I KNOW ORIGIN CHURCH WILL BE A GOOD SPENDER (STEWARD) OF THE MONEY I GIVE THE CHURCH?’
Origin Church has a number of policies set up to make sure we are good stewards of the money entrusted to us:
1. THE APPROVAL OF EXPENSES
One level of approval is required for purchases under $500 and two levels of approval for over $500 to ensure that purchases are reasonable. Additionally, the church’s board and pastor perform a policy review on every expense. In the rare case that a purchase does not comply with our policy, the expense is reimbursed by the person who authorized the purchase.
2. AN OUTSIDE ACCOUNTING FIRM
Since 2010, an independent CPA firm has performed with expertise, every aspect of day-to-day financial decisions under the board of directors. The firm we contract with are followers of Christ and have their own set of internal controls that afford us complete compliance, accountability, and the integrity we are looking for. Our Board of Directors recommends our annual budget and approves it.
3. ATTENTION TO DETAIL WITH EXPENSES
Our church utilizes a purchasing process, which includes pre-approval for most cost categories. Every nuance (including the vendor, its relationship to the church, and quality of goods requested) is reviewed and then purchased. We work hard to ensure that we’re buying the right quantities, from the right people, at the right price. Leaders and pastors who make purchases are accountable to the senior pastor and the board of directors.
Our board of directors alongside our senior pastor and staff work hard to reduce costs in every way applying good stewardship principles and expense related metrics that help us pick the right vendors when any expense decisions, big or small.
4. WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO JESUS
Ultimately, your church’s staff knows and takes to heart the fact that we’re ultimately accountable for Jesus to stewarding the resources that we’re entrusted with. Knowing that we’re conduits of people’s worship is significant, and we strive to ensure that every decision we make will serve Jesus’ church well into the future.