Saddleback Church


Lake Forest,


Why I Love This Opportunity

Chesed Berry


For 40+ years, God has been using Saddleback Church in immeasurable ways. Through the years, there have been over 50,000 people baptized into God’s family! Currently, there are over 40,000 members on 19 campuses on four different continents.

This Controller will have an opportunity to steward the resources of this thriving ministry and lead a growing, dedicated, talented team to play a crucial role in building on the Kingdom impact of Saddleback throughout the world.

About This Organization

“I know the plans I have for your life. They are plans for your good, not plans to harm you. My plans for your life will give you great hope and a wonderful future!” – Jeremiah 29:11

Forty years ago, when God called Rick and Kay Warren to start a new church in Southern California at the base of Saddleback mountain, they had no money, no land, no buildings, and no members — but they had a dream! It was a God-inspired dream that had them ready for action and willing to risk it all.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”

For over four decades, God has taken hold of that dream and made it exponentially bigger than anyone could have ever imagined. Because of a dream, Saddleback Church has baptized over 50,000 people into God’s family. They have over 9,000 small groups meeting in homes and businesses around the globe. They have over 40,000 members on 19 campuses on four different continents. Because of a dream, they’ve sent over 26,000 members on a mission to every nation in the world.

This church family has provided over 2 million meals through its various food distribution centers and launched over 500 ministries serving people’s greatest pains. Because of a dream, Saddleback members have given over $1 billion to kingdom causes that have funded ministry all over the world. Now under the leadership of the new Lead Pastor, Andy Wood, Saddleback Church continues to be a living example that God keeps his promises because of a dream.

Do you want to be part of what happens next?

Position Description

The Saddleback Church Controller oversees all accounting and financial operations of the organization. The Controller will ensure the integrity of all compliance requirements and lead the accounting team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining general ledger and accounting processes for large multi-site operations. Supervising the month-end closing, financial reporting, and budgeting.
  • Institute and/or maintain financial procedures and internal controls, including project accounting and cash flow. Coordinate the external audit.
  • Protect organizational operations by keeping financial information and plans confidential
  • Ensure accountability for stewardship within the organizational standard policies and procedures
  • Manage day-to-day accounting operations. This includes Bank and investment reconciliations, accounts payable, credit card, giving, and donor processing. Also, will be responsible for the financial operations of conferences, bookstore and resource sales, and food services operations.
  • Train and guide campus pastors and ministry leaders in understanding the accounting and budgeting procedures and processes for their areas of responsibility.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • A degree in accounting is preferred. Having a CPA or CMA is an added advantage
  • Have at least five years of strong experience, ideally in a large non-profit context
  • Must be able to create financial statements and general ledger functions, have knowledge of accounting principles and have the ability to use accounting software
  • Should have a critical eye for detail
  • A leader who loves people and has a relational leadership style
  • Must be able to work under pressure and on short deadlines
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