PART A - SELECTION AND BRIEFING OF COUNTERS
This subcourse covers the procedures for regular and designated offerings.
a. Designated offerings are received on special occasions to support religious activities related
to the military community and religious activities that enhance military-civilian relations.
Included are missionary, benevolent, and philanthropic projects similar to those supported
by civilian churches, synagogues, and temples.
b. Since designated offerings represent the will and intent of participating congregations, the
total amount received will be paid for the designated purpose. Offerings will not be split to
obtain a specified dollar amount. Payment will be made within 5 working days after the total
offering is received. If a designated offering is made to a fund from which periodic
expenditures are made, the total amount of the offering will be credited to that fund account
within 5 working days.
c. Envelopes may be used to receive designated offerings, giving participants the option of
contributing to the designated purpose or to the general operating fund. If envelopes are
used, be sure not to mix the money from the envelopes with that loose in the plate. Treat it
as two separate offerings.
d. Within the chaplains' fund records, vouchers recording the receipt of designated offerings
will include a copy of the announcement to the congregation.
Selection of Counters.
a. The counters will usually be the ushers who take up the offering. If you do not select and
brief them before the service starts, you may find no one takes up the offering or that
everyone leaves before you have anyone to count it.