2012 Financial Forum for Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO

How do you stay informed of legislative, leadership, fundraising, and banking changes that affect your ministry? Attend the 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries co-presented by CapinCrouse LLP and ECCU. Come learn from experts like John Thornton, professor and Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics at Azusa Pacific University, who will talk about the impact of ethics on accounting. John will be joined by other noted presenters.1


December 4, 2012
8:30 a.m.— 2:30 p.m.
Every Home for Christ
640 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
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What you can expect to learn:

  • The impact of ethics on accounting
  • Recent nonprofit legislative issues and developments
  • How to align your ministry’s money and mission
  • How to model and encourage generosity

Who should attend:

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

Cost: This event is free and lunch is included.

This program allows you to earn up to 5 CPE credits2 and 0.4 NACBA CEUs3.

If you’d like to see and hear what the Financial Forum for Ministries has to offer, check out these videos from the 2011 forum:

1 Presenters and topics covered will vary by location.

2 CapinCrouse LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

3 CapinCrouse LLP is a National Registered Continuing Education Provider (NRCEP) with the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). This program is a premier comprehensive continuing education program related to administration in the local church. It is designed to enhance the ongoing professional development of NACBA members and other ministry professionals, through the offering of quality learning experiences. 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted to persons who properly register and attend one contact hour of a minimum of 50 minutes of lecture, presentation, or discussion on approved topics.


December 4, 2012

8:30 — 8:50 am Registration and Networking
8:50 — 9:00 am Welcome
9:00 — 10:00 am “The New Normal: 10 Ways God Is Providing for Ministries and Churches”
10:00 — 10:10 am Break
10:10 — 11:25 am “A Taxing Time for Tax Exempt Entities, Workers, and Ministries”
11:25 — 12:10 pm Lunch
12:10 — 1:10 pm “How and Why to Align Your Ministry’s Money and Mission”
1:10 — 1:20 pm Break
1:20 — 2:20 pm “Evil Under the Son”
2:20 — 2:30 pm Q&A and Closing Remarks


“The New Normal: 10 Ways God Is Providing for Ministries and Churches”

Presented by: Brian Kluth (Maximum Generosity)

The last few years, ministries and churches have had to adjust to a “new normal” when it comes to finances, fundraising, and budgeting. As best-selling author and speaker Brian Kluth presents 10 ways God provides for ministry, you will discover creative ways to move ministry forward even in the midst of tighter budgets and a challenging fundraising climate.

"A Taxing Time for Tax Exempt Entities, Workers, and Ministries"

Presented by: Dave Moja (CapinCrouse LLP)

This session will review recent Internal Revenue Service, congressional, and court benefits; ministers’ payroll and unrelated business income; as well as health care compliance issues.

"How and Why to Align Your Ministry’s Money and Mission"

Presented by: David Lee (ECCU)

It’s been said that you can discover people’s priorities by looking at their checkbook. Ministries are no different. The way you spend ministry money reveals whether your priorities align with your ministry’s mission and vision. This session will focus on how to evaluate your ministry’s mission/money alignment and adjust spending to improve it.

"Evil Under the Son"

Presented by: John Thornton (Azusa Pacific University)

This session will examine why Christian organizations are especially vulnerable to financial fraud and ethical lapses around money. It will cover how to recognize potential ethical dilemmas in your organization, different approaches people use to solve these dilemmas, and how to choose the best path forward. Finally, it will introduce a Christian accounting ethic that sets us a world apart.



John Thornton

Azusa Pacific University
Professor, Ph.D., CPA

Dr. John Thornton is professor and Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics at Azusa Pacific University’s LP and Timothy Leung School of Accounting, where he focuses on developing future accounting professionals with competence and character. He has held faculty senior leadership positions at Washington State University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. His research interests focus on ethics and the accounting profession, with recent emphases on auditor independence, auditor litigation, and whistle-blowing.

Dr. Thornton is a nationally recognized author and speaker and serves on various editorial boards for accounting ethics, forensics, public interest, and accounting education journals. He is chair of the American Accounting Association’s Public Interest Section, and past chair of the AAA’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee. Dr. Thornton received his Ph.D. and M.Acctg. from Washington State University, and his B.S. in accounting from Central Washington University.

Between undergraduate and graduate degrees, he held staff and senior-level positions in both local and international public accounting firms, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and the Institute of Management Accountants.

He is married to Alyssa and they have three sons, Joshua, Benjamin, and Jacob.


Dave Moja

CapinCrouse LLP
Partner and National Director of Not-for-Profit Tax Services

Dave is dedicated to meeting client needs in the exempt organization tax arena through review of client returns, consulting engagements, training, and the compilation of CapinCrouse’s annual "Higher Education Tax Reporting Trends" project.

Before joining CapinCrouse, Dave served as tax director and the not-for-profit tax lead in Florida for the accounting firm McGladrey. He has provided tax consulting services to more than 450 clients. He has extensive experience working with 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6) organizations and related combinations of these entities.

Dave conducts workshops and delivers products on Form 990, executive compensation, political issues, and unrelated business activities. He has also spoken extensively at accounting and tax seminars across the country, including the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, Christian Leadership Alliance National Conference, National Association of College and University Business Officers annual Tax Forum, and the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA) Annual Not-for-Profit Conference. He also hosts a monthly Not-for-Profit Tax Webcast.

With 26 years of accounting experience, Dave has worked both inside not-for-profit organizations and for public accounting firms, including PriceWaterhouseCoopers, BKD LLP, and McGladrey. He earned his B.S. from Florida State University.

Dave is the current chair of FICPA's Mega CPE Conference Committee and a member of FICPA's annual Not-for-Profit Conference committee and the FSU Accounting Conference Committee. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of CPAs, and holds licenses in Colorado, Florida, and Georgia.


David Lee

Ministry Development Officer

David is a ministry development officer for ECCU’s Colorado regional office. He has been serving ministries at ECCU for the last 20 years in various development and management positions.

David is also on the pastoral staff of a Denver-area church and has pastored for over 21 years. He has served as president of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Christian Leadership Alliance and is completing his third term on their board.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University Fullerton and his master’s degree in Christian education from Talbot School of Theology. As a Certified Treasury Professional®, David is committed to equipping ministries to be better informed and helping them to be more effective at reaching their communities with the gospel.


Brian Kluth

Maximum Generosity

From 1999 to 2009, Brian served as senior pastor for the First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs. In 2009, the church commissioned him to a newly created full-time staff position as a generosity minister-at-large to the body of Christ across the country and around the world.

This role allows Brian to serve through writing, speaking, creation of online and video materials, and national research. He is also the founder of the website www.MAXIMUMgenerosity.org.

Brian’s bestselling 30- and 40-day customizable devotionals have been used by thousands of churches to inspire generosity and increase giving for annual funding and capital projects.


This forum is free and lunch is included.

To register, please contact Carina Hill at 719.528.6225, ext. 1500, or by email at chill@capincrouse.com. (Online registration for this forum is no longer available.)


Every Home for Christ

640 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920