How do those who oversee the finances at Christian churches, schools, mission sending agencies, and other ministries stay informed about key changes that affect their ministries? One way is to gather with peers and learn from experts about the latest legislative, leadership, fundraising, and banking changes, according to Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) of Brea, Calif.
ECCU and CapinCrouse LLP are teaming up for an annual event that addresses key financial issues. The 2012 "Financial Forum for Ministries" will be offered in four locations in November and December 2012.
The schedule is as follows:
November 6 at Liberty Station Conference Center in San Diego
November 7 at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore, Calif.
November 8 at ECCU in Brea, Calif.
December 4 at Every Home for Christ in Colorado Springs, Colo.
According to ECCU, the events attract hundreds of ministry leaders by bringing together industry experts like John Thornton, professor and Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics at Azusa Pacific University, and John Butler, attorney and tax counsel with CapinCrouse.
"These are experts in their fields who are at the forefront of changes that could affect our ministries," says past attendee Jim Clark, pastor of business and stewardship at First Evangelical Free Church Fullerton in California. "The material presented goes deep, but is always done in a format that we can easily apply."
Presenter David Lee, a ministry development officer with ECCU, says that the forums provide a unique opportunity to learn from others. "Those who attend can talk with
ministry peers who deal with the same issues they deal with every day." Lee will speak about "How and Why to Align Your Ministry's Money and Mission."
The forums are free and lunch is included. For more information and to register for a forum near you, visit http://www.eccu.org/2012forums.