Download QuickBooks Chart of Accounts for Churches and Religious Organizations

A different approach is needed in QuickBooks when creating a chart of accounts for churches and religious organizations.

These companies are considered to be non-profit, as they do not offer products or services the same way that other businesses do. Instead, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other religious groups rely entirely on donations and fund raising to support their organizations.

We offer you to download a free PDF with QuickBooks chart of accounts for churches and religious organizations.

QuickBooks Chart of Accounts for Churches and Religious OrganizationsIncome accounts for churches and other religious organizations should be based how the money is raised. It is typical to have income accounts for benevolence offerings, mission offerings, and pledges. Create new items in QuickBooks if people donate to a specific cause run by the organization such as a youth group or a building fund. If the church charges money for renting out space or for performing ceremonies like marriages, bar or bat mitzvahs, or funerals, then the proceeds from these services could be placed into a special services income account.

Expense accounts should be kept for events and costs are considered normal being a non-profit organization. Some examples of expense accounts are:

  • Meetings and Conferences
  • Evangelism Events and other special events
  • Ministry Costs
  • Printing Costs for Promotional Materials
  • Donations to other Non-Profits

For detailed expense accounts, click here to download a sample chart of accounts.

Download a free PDF on how to customize your QuickBooks file and accounts.

By |2017-03-20T11:25:03+00:00March 20th, 2012|35 Comments

About the Author:

With more than thirty years of experience in the real estate and property management industry, Gita Faust is more than just a real estate investor; she is also popular for her work as an accountant, consultant, mentor, speaker, QuickBooks Top ProAdvisor, QuickBooks Solution Provider, member of Intuit’s Trainer/Writer Network, and, of course, author. As the CEO and owner of Fast Trac Consulting, Gita is well-known for her exemplary leadership and advisory skills. In fact, she even helped pioneer the adaptation of QuickBooks to suit the needs of professionals in real estate and property management. To share her knowledge and experience with others, she has written a series of courses titled Simplified Accounting Solution, which provides step-by-step guidance for those working with QuickBooks.


  1. Sharon L May 19, 2018 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Thank you. This is a great foundation for us to start.

  2. Doug Allen December 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Sounds great! Thanks!

  3. Holly Thomas March 10, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Thank you for sending the chart of accts. It was helpful and I am also viewing the tutorial videos. Love QuickBooks!

  4. Glen February 7, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Chart of Accounts was very helpful as I am in the process of setting up our small church on QuickBooks.

  5. Miriam Rivera January 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I am starting to use QuickBooks for my church and learning at the same time.
    Thank you for download it was very informative. Again thanks.

  6. Christopher Dunn October 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you, you are sooooo kind, it IS good to start off with a solid chart of accounts.

  7. James May 9, 2015 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    The chart of accounts were more than I needed but provided the framework for developing a COA based on the approved budget. Thanks

  8. Oge April 8, 2015 at 4:58 am - Reply

    In a situation where some churches dont keep their members record, how do you record that in customers centre?

  9. James Spencer February 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    The chart of accounts were more than I needed but provided the framework for developing a COA based on the approved budget. Thanks

  10. Wayne February 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I have not had a chance to plug these into my QuickBooks as I cannot get QB to load. I have uninstalled and re-installed my software and still get the same error message – “This application has requested Runtime (C++) to terminate in an unusual way. Please contact the application’s support team for more information.” All suggestions off the internet concerning this issue have failed to alleviate my problem.

    • Gita Faust February 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Wayne, Which version of QuickBooks are you using and what is your operating system?

  11. Jonathan Marsden January 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Chart of Accounts PDF Please.

    • Gita Faust February 2, 2015 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Hi Jonathan, Check your spam and inbox folders for the pdf. Gita

  12. Larry Lynch September 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Setting up a small church in Quickbooks Pro

  13. Terry Johnson September 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks for making a COA available. I’m assuming that by leaving this comment with my name and email I”ll be able to download?

    • Gita Faust November 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      That will do the trick Terry. Check your spam folder, if you do not see it in your inbox.

  14. becky giacomazzi August 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    would like to access the chart of accounts for churches.


  15. Barbara Brown August 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    thank you for the COA

  16. BILL WILLIAMAS August 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm - Reply


  17. Janet McCart July 25, 2014 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Hi Gita, Would love a copy of your sample chart of accounts as I am helping a new church get set up on QB Online Plus. Thanks!
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  18. Janet McCart July 25, 2014 at 7:35 am - Reply


  19. Roger January 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Did you know your link for church chart of accounts is a circular reference back to this article – where’s the COA?

    • Gita Faust January 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

      You have to enter your name and email to download the pdf.

  20. Carolyn Simpson November 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    I can’t seem to access the link for the Chart of Account for Churches. Sure would appreciate your assistance.

  21. Kent Lawson July 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    We are looking for help and guidlines to create our first accounting system for the church. For 15 years it has been handled by a single person using Excel. We would be in trouble if we were without him. So, we are looking to setup an accounting software and are looking at Quickbooks. Do you have a sample chart of accounts that you might use for churches?


    Kent Lawson

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