boomerbubba wrote: For fast-offerings, I do wonder how electronic payments affect stakes and bishops as they look at the MLS reports for donations and expenditures. All the fast offering expenses will get recorded locally in MLS as usual, but the Billpay donations will not. Right? Does the stake ever see a separate report showing even an aggregated total of fast offering donations stake members have made electronically to CHQ?
Donations made to CHQ via BillPay are exactly like a donation made to some other unit of the Church. You get your statements from CHQ. If you make a donation to any number of other wards during the year, you get those statements from those units. Your home ward only sees the donations made to your ward, and when you attend tithing settlement, your tithing settlement statement will include only those donations. There is no other reporting from any of those other units, including CHQ, to your home ward regarding your donations.
boomerbubba wrote:If not, and enough members use this channel, it seems there might be a distorted view of local donations and expenditures.
Ultimately, I suppose all the fast offering funds go into and out of the same pot, since even local MLS donations and expenses are passed through to CHQ. But I thought stake presidents have a responsibility to look at donations/expenses for their units.
It's true that they are responsible to be aware of donations and expenses, but they don't have to be equal. In fact, in the recent Welfare training (see Basic Principles of Welfare and Self-Reliance
, p. 9), Bishop H. David Burton taught:
There is no requirement, however, that fast-offering expenditures within the ward and stake remain in balance with fast-offering contributions.
So I wouldn't worry about any distortion of donations relative to expenses.