accounting was not one of my strong suits and is, frankly, of no interest to me- I trust the accountants who are hired by my church and the fact that they report to the government is enough for me personally
OK. So you "trust" rather than verify and have no indpendently audited report to cite published by Newsong, which details salaries and expenses.
This means Newsong has no meaningful financial transparency according to your five-year experience and as a "youth pastor," you have no further information.
You also have not explained how the board of elders at Newsong gained their positions. Were they elected by the general membership, hand picked by the pastor or what?
You came to this board and began flooding it with posts claiming you could answer questions and had direct experience, yet you seem unable to answer very simple questions about how Newsong is run.
Sorry that you are "disappointed," but when you come to a public board and post you should expect to be asked questions.
If you are really interested in providing answers about Newsong you could cite the church constitution and bylaws detailing its process of government, e.g. elections, elders selection, pastors accountability etc.
And you could also cite the publication dates of audited financial reports distributed to members and the type of detailed information that they contain.
Churches are not required to disclose such detailed information to the IRS, but most Protestant churches do disclose detailed informantion through regularly published financial reports to their congregation members.
And most Protestant churches do have democratically elected church government, through regular elections.
It seems that Newsong has neither meaningful financial transparency or democratically elected church government.
People are free to join whatever type of church they like. Some join churches without democratic checks and balances and meaningful financial transparency, while others do not.
IMO--churches with checks and balances through democratically elected church government and meaningful financial transparency are safer than those churches that do not have such safeguards.
Sorry you don't like the "tone."
Perhaps if you do not want to answer such basic questions, or cannot answer them, you should not put yourself in such a position on a public message board.