by Jac La Tour

Now is a good time to be thinking about next year’s budget, for at least two reasons. One is that, depending on your fiscal year, there’s probably plenty of time before you actually have to start budgeting. The other is that a session at the upcoming Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) National Conference can help you prepare for that budgeting process.

It’s a panel discussion workshop, moderated by Mark Jones, titled How to Build a Better Budget. Mark is an ECCU vice president and senior banking consultant. The panel will feature three seasoned ministry financial experts: Hugh Burns, vice president of operations for the Denver Rescue Mission; Billy Burnett, executive vice president and CFO with Joni and Friends; and Vonna Laue, audit partner with CapinCrouse LLP.

Here’s what the panel will be discussing:

  • Why and how to build a better budget
  • Who should be involved in the budgeting process
  • How to monitor and adjust your investment in ministry
  • How to align money and mission

If you attend the CLA National Conference this year, plan on joining Mark and the panel for this workshop on Thursday, April 11, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

To register for the CLA conference, visit

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