Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing
Upcoming LEAP Seminars

Church Finance Workshop
January 24-25, 2014
Location: Jetter School of Business
: $60 for Friday and Saturday; $55 for Saturday only; $20 for Friday only

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The registration deadline is January 17, 2014. 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.      Brotherhood Mutual (Mark Robison)

Church leaders face a unique set of challenges. Mark Robison, Chairman and President of Brotherhood Mutual, will discuss national trends affecting ministries and share insights into how the local church is responding.

Saturday Elective Seminars:

8:00-8:30 a.m.

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

Important 2013-14 Tax updates (Dr. Jim Dalton)
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.

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.

Intro to MinistryWorks and Payroll Tax Law  (Shawna Cureton)
From FICA to housing allowances, many laws exist that have the potential to impact your ministry. In this presentation, you'll learn the most common payroll issues ministries face, including dual taxation of clergy, FICA versus SECA, housing allowances, and minister classification. You'll also be introduced to Brotherhood Mutual's newest risk management product, MinistryWorks. MinistryWorks offers payroll processing and tax filing services designed exclusively for ministries. Free payroll resources will be provided, and you'll have the opportunity to ask the MinistryWorks team questions about your specific payroll issues.

From Zero to Steward in Seven Difficult Steps (Mark Lail)
Committed givers are invaluable ministry partners; their influence is felt and welcomed throughout your church family. Developing these types of people from your congregation requires creating a church culture that cultivates and nurtures generosity and tithing. This seminar covers what you should and shouldn't do as well as what should happen after your members give. Learn to steward God's most beloved resource  - his people - with the practical steps covered in this seminar.

9:50- 10:10 a.m.  Break         

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

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.

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. Not only does it improve our ability to handle the money of the church well, but it gives donors another reason to trust in the financial practices of the church. 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.

Accountability: Being Transparent & Responsible to God, To the Church and to the Law (Jim Dalton)
Being accountable can be defined as being answerable. Since pastors have responsibilities for self, family, and church, they are held accountable for these areas of responsibility. To whom is a pastor accountable? Pastors are accountable to spouses, to children, to family, to church boards, to congregations, to denominations, to legal authorities, but most of all to God.  

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

Seminar 3
12:30-1:50 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.

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)
Previous generations were satisfied with simply giving, but newer generations require information about and an understanding of the organizations they give to. What exactly are the differences between generations of givers? What can your church do to connect with givers and encourage their future donations? In this seminar you will learn about the needs of all generations of givers and how you can ensure their faithful financial partnership.

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.

1:50-2:10 p.m.  Break

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

Question & Answer with a CPA (Jim Dalton)
Having served as the treasurer at Grove City Nazarene for 13 years and having over 25 years teaching experience as a Professor of Accounting at MVNU, Jim will answer your questions about church finances. The question and answer discussion will be interactive and beneficial for all participants.

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.

Inspiring Legacy Giving (Mark Lail)
While at one point churches focused primarily on weekly and yearly budgets, many churches are now planning out their funding for years to come as an increasing number of legacy gifts are being received from congregants and community members. What will it take for your church to join this growing number of legacy gift recipients? Hear examples of gifts specific churches have received and learn how to empower and inspire your congregation to give generously. Resources include a yearlong outline of in-church programs, information about creating donor web resources, and details on partnerships with the Church of the Nazarene Foundation. 

A Team Approach to Realizing Financial Windfalls (Don Lain)
Almost every church has individuals who could bless their church with sizeable financial gifts. The question is: Will they? The answer is possibly "yes" if a church understands that processing such generosity requires a team, with each member playing a key role. This presentation includes an identification of key players (inside and outside the church) and their assigned roles in facilitating financial windfalls. The goal is to properly prepare and position your church to be financially blessed.

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