2008 Financial Forum for Ministries, Brea, CA

Leading in the nonprofit world requires anticipating changes and avoiding problems. Changes are occurring in all areas including donor/member expectations, federal and state regulations, increased public scrutiny, and difficult economic times. The 2008 Financial Forum for Ministries event, featuring Dan Busby, acting president of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), will help guide you through some of the changes you’ll experience during the 2008 tax year. Dan will be joined by other noted presenters.


October 21, 2008
10:00 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.

955 W. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821
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Topics to include:

  • News from Capitol Hill
  • Recent nonprofit issues and developments
  • Financial monitoring and oversight of nonprofits
  • Federal tax update including new Form 990 and 403(b) plan requirements
  • Cash management and liquidity
  • Understanding church and nonprofit financial data
  • Outcome-based evaluation

Who should attend:

  • Board and audit committee members
  • Senior and executive pastors
  • Chief executive officers
  • Chief financial officers
  • Business administrators
  • Treasurers

CPE Credit Information:

Earn up to 4 CPE credits! Click here for details.


2008 Financial Forum for Ministries

Events in this series include:

September 11, 2008 in Arlington, TX

October 21, 2008 in Brea, CA

October 23, 2008 in Livermore, CA

October 28, 2008 in Colorado Springs, CO

November 4, 2008 in Lombard, IL

November 6, 2008 in Atlanta, GA


October 21, 2008

9:30 — 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 — 11:30 a.m. Session 1 (Keynote), Dan Busby, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
"Recent Developments Affecting Nonprofit Organizations"
11:30 — 12:30 p.m. Session 2, Mark Jones, Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU)
"Weathering an Economic Storm"
12:30 — 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 — 2:30 p.m. Session 3, John Butler, Capin Crouse LLP
"Exempt Organization Tax Update and Issues"
2:30 p.m. Conference Adjourns


Session 1 (Keynote)

"Recent Developments Affecting Nonprofit Organizations"
Presented by: Dan Busby, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

This session will present the latest developments and trends affecting nonprofit organizations that leaders need to know. It will include governmental, regulatory, tax, accountability, governance, and public concerns arising from recent scandals and fraud.

Session 2

"Weathering an Economic Storm"
Presented by: Mark Jones, Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU)

Economic trends are making headlines with increasing regularity. What are the implications for your church or ministry? If people in your community are losing their jobs or homes, facing layoffs or salary freezes, or losing instead of making money on their investments, they may soon be giving less. Maybe they already are. In the short term, this translates into tighter cash flow. And in the long run? That depends to a significant degree on how you respond now, before cash flow concerns become a crisis that forces you to react. This session will help you understand the importance of monitoring cash flow and how to determine how much reserves you will need to weather an economic storm.

Session 3

"Exempt Organization Tax Update and Issues"
Presented by: John Butler, Capin Crouse LLP

This session will present recent tax developments that church and ministry leaders need to know. It will discuss the latest legislative developments; recent court cases; and IRS rules, regulations, and compliance initiatives.


Dan Busby

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
Acting President

Dan Busby is the acting president of ECFA, an oversight and accreditation organization. As a CPA himself, Mr. Busby founded a CPA firm, was the controller of a major medical center, and chief financial officer for a major religious denomination. Hundreds of thousands of his books and booklets on tax and finance issues have been used by church and other nonprofit leaders. And, over 250 of his articles have appeared in various magazines and websites. He is also a frequent speaker at national nonprofit conferences and has spoken in 37 states.

John Butler

Capin Crouse LLP
Tax Counsel

As tax counsel for Capin Crouse over the last fourteen years, John Butler has provided services to diverse clients including colleges and universities, religious organizations, churches, foundations, foreign relief and development organizations, publishing companies, and charitable organizations. Issues addressed during his tenure include tax exemption, unrelated business income, employee retirement and welfare benefits, state taxation, and executive compensation. While in private practice for eight years (prior to his association with Capin Crouse), he represented nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals. John also served with Campus Crusade for Christ International for eight years as in-house legal counsel (the last three years he served as director of their legal department). In addition to his service through Capin Crouse, John regularly speaks at conferences sponsored by Christian Leadership Alliance (formerly Christian Management Association), Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA), EFMA, and other groups. Several of his articles have been published in Christian Management Report, Church Executive, and Journal of Taxation. In addition, he serves on The Mission Exchange (formerly EFMA) and CrossGlobal Link (formerly IFMA) conference steering committees. John received his bachelor and law degrees at the University of Georgia. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.

Mark Jones

Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU)
Vice President, Senior Banking Consultant

Mark Jones has worked in the banking industry for over 20 years, the past 17 with ECCU. He also serves as a board member and chair of the ACH rules committee for Western Payments Alliance (WesPay) and as a member of the Board of Regents for NACHA—the electronic payments association. Mark recently served on the governing board of his church as elder/treasurer and has served on the leadership council for Missionary Athletes International.



This event is free!

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Three easy ways to enroll—phone, fax, or mail.

To register by phone, contact Sauni Rinehart at 714.671.5700, ext. 1472. To register by fax, download and complete this registration form and fax to ECCU at 714.671.5777. To register by mail, download and complete this registration form and mail to ECCU at P.O. Box 2400, Brea, CA 92822-2400.

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CPE Credit Information:

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