The Office of Parish Resources assists parishes and schools in the management of their business and properties responsibilities. The mission is to help pastors and business managers/administrators create a transparent, trusting environment for parishioners to promote confidence in their support and to protect parish employees. Specifically we facilitate the education and training of parish staff, finance councils and trustees in financial and civil matters. We work in parallel with the diocesan Internal Auditor to assist parishes to establish improved practices, establish policies, or take recommended actions originating from
parish reviews. Parish Resource links are shown below.
Common business software
ParishSoft has been chosen as the common software for accounting, ledger, payables and payroll for the parishes.
Diocese of Bismarck Parishes ParishSoft ConnectNow Accounting Login
Parish accounting and payroll service
The Diocese of Bismarck offers accounting services to parishes of all sizes. Parishes must contract with diocese approved payroll service providers. Contact the Finance Office parish resource manager for more information.
Capital improvements, extraordinary expenses or alienation of property
When considering large expenditures over $10,000, parishes must follow the Resolution Procedure and the Building Process Policy prior to taking any action. Depending upon the scope and size of the project, parishes may also require the approval of one or more of the following bodies: the Diocesan Building Commission, the Diocesan Finance Council and/or the Parish Expansion Fund Board.
Parishes are asked to follow the Bishop’s letter on fundraising and reference his document on fundraising frequently asked questions.
Parish Resource Links
Parish internal controls
Parish finance guidelines
Parish Corporate Board and Trustees responsibilities
Parish Finance Council roles and responsibilities
Parish Finance Council Constitution and By-Laws
Parish Pastoral Council Constitution and By-Laws
Parish Combined Finance and Pastoral Council Constitution and By-Laws
Conflicts of interest policy
Parish records retention requirements
Sample parish calendar
Substitute priest - Needy parish reimbursement
Substitute priest remuneration
Ethics and Accountability in Church Management – presentation at Ascension parish 3/15/13 by Jim Linkholm-Eades, NLRCM
Corporate Board Minutes Template
Cost Share Templates
Resolution to Open Bank Accounts Template
Parish Cluster Council Agreement (Mutual Cooperation Agreement)
Parish Resource Manager