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by Jac La Tour

This is the fourth in our series of email interviews with presenters for the upcoming 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries.

Gary Hoag serves as the Generosity Monk, providing spiritual and strategic counsel for denominations like the Evangelical Free Church of America and the Anglican Mission in theAmericas, and for ministries like Prison Fellowship and International Health Services. He will speak at each of the three 2012 California forums about your stewardship responsibilities as a leader and encouraging others to generously participate in your ministry despite tough times. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This is the third in our series of email interviews with presenters for the upcoming 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries.

David Lee is a ministry development officer with ECCU. He will speak at all four forums about how to evaluate your ministry’s mission/money alignment and adjust spending to improve it. Here are David’s responses to my questions. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This is the second in our series of email interviews with presenters for the upcoming 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries.

John Butler is an attorney and tax counsel for CapinCrouse LLP. He will speak at each of the three 2012 California forums about recent Internal Revenue Service, congressional, and court benefits; ministers’ payroll and unrelated business income; as well as health care compliance issues. Here are John’s responses to my questions. [read more]

by Mark Jones

During a recent ECCU budgeting webinar for ministries with up to $2 million in revenues, we asked attendees which accounting package they used. Two thirds said QuickBooks.                                                                                            

It has been my experience that many QuickBooks users don’t fully utilize its functionality. If this is true of you, here are several tips that may prove helpful as you go through the budgeting process. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Besides someone who attended a past Financial Forum for Ministries, presenters for the upcoming forum are in the best position to tell you what to expect. So I asked them. Actually, I emailed three questions to each presenter for the 2012 forum. We’ll publish their responses over the next few weeks.


First up is John Thornton, professor and Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics at Azusa Pacific University. He will speak at each of the four 2012 forums about the impact of ethics on accounting. Here are John’s responses. [read more]