accountant for churches

You Weren’t Called into Ministry for the Paperwork

Welcome to ChurchShield. We are a firm of consultants and accountants for churches here to help you save money and gain efficiency, all while staying compliant with governmental regulations. Our church accounting, payroll, compliance, and tax services were designed specifically for churches. In the end, that means you’re free to focus on what really matters in your ministry – reaching people and making a difference.

Looking for an Accountant for Churches? Choose ChurchShield

We would be honored to speak with you regarding your organization’s accounting, payroll and compliance needs.


As part of our accounting service, we will work directly with your outside CPA audit firm. We have the expertise, resources, and capabilities to help manage the tasks that take up your time so you can be free to minister.


We are here to help answer your questions. Our team will help you outline a plan to be successful behind the scenes so you can focus on serving others.


We specialize in helping you navigate complex regulations as well as take advantage of available benefits.

Our Services


Outsourcing church accounting can be a very wise, practical decision. Not only does the church save money and your employees save time, but you also gain access to years of valuable church-specific accounting expertise. As your provider of church accounting services, we are able to record transactions, process payables, reconcile bank accounts, produce financial statements, and so much more. As a result, you are able to keep your focus where it belongs – your ministry.

Tax and Consulting

Our tax professionals are well-versed in tax law to ensure your return is prepared accurately while leveraging the available ministerial tax benefits. Our goal is to develop long-term personal relationships with our clients, make sure we understand their specific tax issues, and assist with tax planning so they are well-positioned for the future.

Payroll and HR

Our team of dedicated church payroll specialists is here to assist with your payroll and HR needs. Church payroll has unique laws, benefits, and exemptions, it is different from traditional and corporate payroll. It is important that your payroll is reviewed and processed by a firm who knows these laws to ensure that your church remains compliant, while also ensuring your team is receiving the most from these unique benefits.

In addition to payroll processing, we also offer numerous HR resources to help make related administrative tasks more straightforward and less time-consuming. Whether you need full HR support or just a little help here and there, we can deliver. From ready-made templates and customized documents to assisting you with new hire documentation, we’re dedicated to providing what you need.


Churches and nonprofits face specific regulations that can seem complicated and hard to navigate. To understand today’s rules – from IRS nonprofit compliance to compensation, to retirement – you need specialized help. That’s why we’re here.


Our insurance professionals are trained to maximize your employees’ coverage while safeguarding your bottom line. And because we also specialize in tax planning, we can parlay our efforts into maximizing health savings accounts, pursuing high deductible health plans, and utilizing accountable reimbursement plans.

accountant for churches

You Focus on People, We Focus on Paperwork

We would consider it a privilege to serve you with whatever administrative and compliance needs you may have. Our goal is to provide you with a professional, knowledgeable staff that makes stressful tasks routine as well as supplying a consistent resource for you on an ongoing basis. We strive to approach every task with faith and competence, all to ensure our clients always have confidence not only in the process but also in the results.

Regardless of the size of your organization, our services can be tailored to meet your needs and budget. We are a complete outsourced solution and endeavor to ensure that the benefits we provide our clients always outweigh the costs. By handling tax, compliance needs, and accounting for churches, we help our clients keep their focus on ministry. Simply put, we’re here so you can be Free to Minister.

Why ChurchShield Is Your Choice for Outsourced Accounting Services

Outsourcing your church accounting means that you have more time to spend doing what God has called you to do and our team would be honored to serve your church in this way.

Discover why outsourcing your church accounting is beneficial to your team and finances alike:

  • We have experience – All of our staff accountants are degreed accountants, not bookkeepers, and specialize in church accounting. Our team of accountants for churches here at ChurchShield have over 100 years of combined experience working with outsourced church accounting. Having a third party working on your church accounting will give you the assurance that your financial records are being reviewed and kept by an independent party, adding transparency and accountability.
  • We know best practices – Our church accounting services are always backed by the best practices. We have been working in church administrative services for over 20 years, and we pride ourselves on our ability to draw upon this knowledge when working with clients to determine the ideal processes for their specific organization. To accomplish this, we consider the current regulations, desired outcomes, and specific church culture.
  • We are familiar with churches – ChurchShield offers payroll, HR, tax, compliance, and accounting for churches. When you engage with ChurchShield, you will have a team of over 45 individuals who are dedicated to working in church administrative capacities coming together to serve your church. Our team of compliance staff, payroll processors and accountants for churches are continually engaged with the other departments of ChurchShield, collaborating regularly to achieve the best services for our clients.

What Our Clients Say

Our relationship with ChurchShield began over five years ago as we were inquiring about restructuring our Accounting Department and its processes. ChurchShield’s attention to detail, level of communication and professionalism has far exceeded our expectations. They are an integral part of our Accounting Department family and outsourcing has reaped much fruit in the form of timely budget reports, consistency in processing times as well as assistance during audits. The systems we implemented alongside them run seamlessly, efficiently, and effectively allowing weekly reporting, reconciliations, and payroll to be completed timely and with ease. ChurchShield is truly a joy to work with and I would highly recommend them for any scope of outsourcing you are considering.

Kathi Sapp

Director of Finance and Administration
Meadowbrook Church, Inc.
Ocala, Florida

ChurchShield has partnered with Summit Church for nearly a decade, working hand in hand with us to manage the many complexities of our organization. The individuals on their staff have taken the time to thoroughly understand our organization and have become crucial members of our team. I highly recommend their services to both churches and nonprofits.

Joy Wood

Summit Church Operations Coordinator
We have been working with ChurchShield for about five years and it has been an extremely positive and beneficial relationship for us. The ability to trust and outsource accounting to an outside organization has allowed us to free up our staff to focus on multiple other aspects of the business of the church while knowing the accounting was well maintained. ChurchShield has also allowed us to ensure our checks and balances are covered and separation of duties is ensured. Communication from our accountant at ChurchShield is always quick and efficient and we never wait long for a response. With the rapidly changing regulations surrounding church finance, ChurchShield helps ensure that we are covered and that our congregation can trust our financial processes.

Erin McGinn

Business Administrator
The Hope Collective

Let Us Provide You with Outstanding Church Accounting Services

With the help of ChurchShield, you are free to minister. Be sure to contact us today to learn more.

About the Author

Ryan Foust

Ryan currently serves as ChurchShield’s Operations Manager, overseeing the staff and the day-to-day operations of the firm. Ryan also helps lead the tax, accounting, and audit departments; working not only on the projects within these departments, but also with the managers of these departments to come up with innovative ways to serve our clients. Ryan graduated with honors from Anderson University with a degree in accounting and economics. He also serves on the board of a campus ministry in Charlotte and lends his expertise to a variety of local nonprofits.

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