Annual Reports

Income Explained

A Letter from the Finance Office

I would like to thank all of you who have been so generous to this great movement of God and for your obedience to Him in tithing and in even giving beyond for the purposes of His work.

I want to let you know that the leadership of Ward Church is incredibly diligent about how we spend money entrusted to our care. How we spend money is well thought out and the integrity is beyond reproach. The leadership here thinks before they spend. And the personal accountability throughout is great. If a $1.69 cup of coffee is mistakenly put on a Ward credit card, the person who made the mistake will quickly make it right.

And a word of thanks to all of you who give online. Please know that the process continues to be safe and secure, and also know that we do not have access to your password or personal information. Currently, 60% of our contributions come through online giving, and we encourage more of you to consider giving online as well.

We regularly engage in an independent financial and internal control audit. Now, if you are not in business for yourself or an employee of a large corporation the phrase, “we regularly engage in an audit” might not mean a thing to you. But believe me it is extremely important. It means that a third-party team of independent auditors who are employed by a certified public accounting firm have reviewed our financial records and have tested our processes and procedures and found them to be certifiable. It is a pleasure to complete our audits and reviews, and we will continue to embrace this process as a way of letting you know that financial accountability and transparency are of the utmost importance to us.

Finally, please feel free to ask me any questions about how we run the financial office at Ward. By example of our annual reports, we want to be an open book with how your money for God’s purpose is handled here. I am truly humbled to be on staff at Ward, and I am very excited to be a part of seeing what else all of us can do so that people will love God passionately, serve others joyfully, and intentionally share our faith with people across the street and around the world.

In His service,
Chris Ockerman
Director of Administration