The Seventh-day Adventist Church in East and Central Africa Division (ECD) has launched campaigns to see the successful implementation of the new Church Financial Management System (CFMS) in Uganda. These campaigns started at SDA Church Makerere last Sabbath on the 4th-Dec-2021 where the pilot tests where initiated led by the ECD IT manager Mr. Abuto Haggai and his counterpart Mr. Japhet Rukundo.
In a presentation that took place at CUC offices on 3rd-Dec-2021 about the same, the ECD IT manager pointed out key advantages the system will bring to the local churches upon its adoption some of which included the following:
- Promotion of transparency in the management of tithes and offerings.
- Improved reporting on tithes and offerings collections.
- Improved and streamlined handling of tithes and offerings.
- Easy remittance of tithe and offerings by members through digital platforms.
- Automation of repetitive tasks carried out by local church treasurers when handling tithes and offerings.
- Promotion of trust among church members regarding management funds.
Once fully operational, CFMS will greatly lighten the work of local church treasurers at all levels through automation of tasks like banking, allocation, pooling, among others. With the new system local church treasurer can deposit funds directly into their respective bank accounts without the need to transact physically in the banking hall. This is achieved using mobile money whereby the local church treasurer deposit funds directly to the local church mobile money account from which the system automatically remits the funds to their respective bank accounts as the local church allocation policy dictates. The system is designed to be accessible even to the remote churches as it can smoothly run on a smartphone. The system also has a companion android-based Point Of Sale (POS) device that can be used in the absence of a laptop, or smartphone to carry out all the required financial transactions as one would have needed to when using a laptop or smartphone. This POS device enables local church treasurers to print receipts for church members on the fly upon receipt of the tithe and offerings.
CFMS can send digital receipts as SMS to the giver’s registered phone number whether the tithe or offering has been given in using mobile or through the ordinary cash envelope. CFMS can collect and receipt tithe and offerings given in using credit and debit cards. This means local church boards will have the ability to easily receive funds from their members in the diaspora.
CFMS has been successfully launched and is fully operational in Tanzania and Kenya where great benefits have been realized including increased return in tithes and offerings, better financial management and transparency, among others. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in recent years has aggressively taken on a stance to employ information communication technology to improve its services to its members and to forward its mission. CFMS comes in a span of less than two years since the introduction of the Adventist Church management system (ACMS) which is the official information system of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church for membership management at all church levels. The Stewardship director in CUC, Pr. Sembusi Joseph thanked the ECD team for the work on CFMS and asked the CUC team to embrace the goodness of CFMS for the betterment of CUC.