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Ep. 252: How To Prevent Financial Fraud in the Church With Matt Branaugh

Regular listeners to this podcast, or readers of our website, you know that we cover a lot of financial frauds.  It’s reasonable to ask, and often we get this question:  “Are you guys just going for sensationalism, or is financial fraud really that big a problem?”

The answer is not one that any of us want to hear.  It really is a big problem.

That’s why I wanted to have Matthew Branaugh on the podcast.  He’ll help us identify just now bit a problem it is, and he’ll also give us some advice about how we can reduce the chances of fraud happening to the ministries and churches we lead and love.

Matthew Branaugh is an attorney, and the content editor for Church Law & Tax at Christianity Today. He leads an award-winning team of editors and designers with the planning, creation, and publishing of ChurchLawAndTax.com and numerous print and digital resources.

Matthew earned his juris doctor (JD) with honors from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Matt and I have mentioned a number of resources on today’s program.  Here is the survey we discussed:


This free on-demand webinar also discusses the findings:


MinistryWatch publishes a list of “75 Red Flags” that ministry leaders can use to do a “deep dive” into their own organizations.  You can download the PDF for free here:


The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Jeff McIntosh.  We get database and other technical support from Stephen DuBarry.

Until next time, may God bless you.