How do you decide if an event is worth your time? I usually start by asking people who’ve attended before. Since ECCU’s 2011 Financial Forum for Ministries is happening soon, I thought I’d save you some time by interviewing an alumnus.
Jim Clark is the associate pastor of business and stewardship at the First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, California. Here’s our conversation about the upcoming Forum.
MBG: Have you attended the Financial Forum for Ministries in the past?
Jim: Yes, in fact it is a priority event for my team.
MBG: You’ve signed up again this year. Why?
Jim: We love the partnership of ECCU, CapinCrouse, and ECFA to serve ministries and particularly the local church. We can drive literally a few miles and receive valuable training and legislative updates while networking and being encouraged in our kingdom work. This is the best value of its kind while allowing us to quickly get back to work and apply what we have learned.
MBG: Please talk about the format of the forums. How does it add value to this particular learning opportunity?
Jim: The presenters are always top notch. These are the experts in their fields who are at the forefront of changes that could affect our ministries. The material presented goes deep, but is always done in a format that we can easily apply. The setting is wonderful and the time we have to network with those who we don’t normally get to be with, and share our challenges, is fantastic.
MBG: What’s one reason you’d recommend that others attend the Financial Forum for Ministries?
Jim: We are all looking for ways to stretch our budget dollars while staying current on issues facing our ministries. The ability to stay local, glean expert knowledge, and network is an excellent value and an opportunity to be good stewards for our ministries.
MBG: How can someone who attends make the most of the experience?
Jim: Come ready to learn. Think of who in your organization might benefit from this day. It’s a great opportunity for board members to gain a better understanding of the challenges your ministry faces. There is normally plenty of time for Q & A, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Have you attended past financial forums? What was your experience?