Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing
Upcoming LEAP Seminars

Church Finance Workshop
January 25-26, 2013
Location: Jetter School of Business
Cost
: $60 for Friday and Saturday; $55 for Saturday only; $20 for Friday only

Register Here

The registration deadline is January 18, 2013. Please call 1-888-470-0050 for more information.

Schedule of Events:

Friday Evening:
6:30-7:00 p.m.      Registration
7:00-7:45 p.m.      Welcome, Worship Time and Introductions
7:45-9:00 p.m.      Nazarene Pensions and Benefits- A Critical Partnership (Don Walter)

Don Walter, director of Pensions and Benefits USA, will provide information on the current work of P&B USA and the critical ministry partnership that continues to support these commitments.


Saturday Elective Seminars:

Registration
8:00-8:30 a.m.

Seminar 1
8:30-9:50 a.m.


Important Tax Changes Effective in 2013 (Jim Dalton)
Tentative- Offered if information is available by event date

Every year Congress enacts a number of tax law changes that impact ministries and churches. Court discussions and IRS rulings also provide clarification on a number of important tax issues annually. Jim Dalton will lead us through the most important changes as outlined in the Church & Clergy Tax Guide, 2013 Edition.

I'm the Treasurer - Now What?  (Karol Scholz)
Caring for God's money is a ministry! This seminar includes practical information about fund accounting such as: setting up a chart of accounts, recording designated funds, separation of duties and reporting quality information to the church board.

Ready to Retire (David Johnston)
The years march toward and past us far faster than we can even believe. Retirement, or at least the prospect for retirement draws ever closer. The best time to start making preparations is now - regardless of your age.  We will explore the three contributors to your retirement security: Social Security, Church Pension/403b, your own personal preparations.

From Zero to Steward in Seven Difficult Steps (Mark Lail)
Every church has them: committed givers. They are invaluable ministry partners and their influence is felt- and welcomed- throughout your entire church family. But do you have enough of them? And what happens when they are gone? How can you create a church culture that nurtures and develops generosity and tithing?  In this session we'll focus on stewarding God's most beloved resource: his people. When Christians become passionate, they become passionate givers.

9:50- 10:10 a.m.  Break         


Seminar 2
10:10-11:30 a.m.


Church Reporting Requirements (Karol Scholz)
This is a complete overview of reporting requirements necessary to comply with federal/state/local laws including payroll processing, differences in ministerial and non-ministerial employees, and compliance issues.  This is recommended for new treasurers and those with questions about reporting.

Surviving the Annual Audit (Mark Lail)
Good accounting records and good stewardship go hand in hand. As trustees of our portion of the Kingdom, the annual audit is a necessary evaluation tool that holds us accountable to the proper stewardship of God's resources. This seminar focuses on the implementation of a complete and practical internal audit and touches on the benefits of external audits.

Ministerial Compensation- Professional Expenses (David Johnston)
Do you ever feel like you are paying too much tax - who doesn't. One of the reasons you may actually be paying too much tax is that you are not taking full advantage of the expense reimbursements that are available. In this seminar you will learn how to change that, and which items are or are not legitimate expenses. Pastors, finance committee chairs and treasurers will benefit from this information.

Biblical Foundations for Economics, Finance and Taxes (Sacha Walicord)
See what Scripture has to say about hte financial issues and taxation, including which of the current policies are Biblical and which aren't. This will also cover issues like tithing, tax-exemption, and state-church relations when it comes to financial issues. This will mostly point out the Biblical meta-paradigms.  


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch in the MVNU Dining Commons


Seminar 3
12:30-1:50 p.m.


Important Tax Changes Effective in 2013 (Jim Dalton)
Tentative- Offered if information is available by event date

Every year Congress enacts a number of tax law changes that impact ministries and churches. Court discussions and IRS rulings also provide clarification on a number of important tax issues annually. Jim Dalton will lead us through the most important changes as outlined in the Church & Clergy Tax Guide, 2013 Edition.

Building a Church Budget  (Karol Scholz)
Budget is not a bad word.  Find out - why do we need it, where does it come from, and how is it used?

Trends in Generational Giving (Mark Lail)
This will talk about differences in how young Christians think and how they tend to give, or what motivates them.

Ministerial Compensation- Professional Expenses (David Johnston)
Do you ever feel like you are paying too much tax - who doesn't. One of the reasons you may actually be paying too much tax is that you are not taking full advantage of the expense reimbursements that are available. In this seminar you will learn how to change that, and which items are or are not legitimate expenses. Pastors, finance committee chairs and treasurers will benefit from this information.
 


1:50-2:10 p.m.  Break


Seminar 4
2:10-3:30 p.m.


Charitable Contributions (Jim Dalton)
The church has a responsibility to report and/or receipt contributions of cash, goods or property.  Proper handling of contributions can prevent problems for both the donor and the recipient organization.  Case scenarios of designated contributions are included for a complete understanding of the charitable process.

Ministerial Compensation- Benefits, Housing and Salary (David Johnston)

Self-employment taxes, health reimbursements accounts, housing allowance, parsonages, retirement and salary, when properly structured will benefit the church as well as net the most for the Pastor.  Pastors, finance committee chairs and treasurers will benefit from this information.

Leave a Legacy of Giving (Mark Lail)
Anybody can leave money to their children, and should (Proverbs 13:22). But how does one pass a philosophy of Gody Stewardship onto the next generation? The fabric of families is relationship, not money; and building family unity is far more important than building net worth. Make plans to pass on your philosophy of stewardship, and make a difference for generations to come. 

Biblical Foundations for Economics, Finance and Taxes (Sacha Walicord)
See what Scripture has to say about hte financial issues and taxation, including which of the current policies are Biblical and which aren't. This will also cover issues like tithing, tax-exemption, and state-church relations when it comes to financial issues. This will mostly point out the Biblical meta-paradigms.

 
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