2012 Financial Forum for Ministries, San Diego, CA

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


November 6, 2012
9:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.
Liberty Station Conference Center
2600 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106
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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.


November 6, 2012

9:00 — 9:20 am Registration and Networking
9:20 — 9:30 am Welcome
9:30 — 10:30 am “Practicing Faithful Stewardship and Encouraging Christian Generosity in Tough Times”
10:30 — 10:40 am Break
10:40 — 11:55 am “A Taxing Time for Tax Exempt Entities, Workers, and Ministries”
11:55 — 12:40 pm Lunch
12:40 — 1:40 pm “How and Why to Align Your Ministry’s Money and Mission”
1:40 — 1:50 pm Break
1:50 — 2:50 pm “Evil Under the Son”
2:50 — 3:00 pm Q&A and Closing Remarks


"Practicing Faithful Stewardship and Encouraging Christian Generosity in Tough Times"

Presented by: Gary Hoag (Generosity Monk )

Whether you are a board member, CEO, or finance administrator, this session will help you fulfill your role in a manner that is biblically faithful and financially fruitful. Attendees will receive three keys from Scripture for faithfully executing their stewardship responsibilities as leaders and three practical tips for encouraging others to generously participate with them in the ministry despite tough times.

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

Presented by: John Butler (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.


John Butler

CapinCrouse LLP
Attorney, Tax Counsel

John is an attorney who has specialized in serving exempt organizations. As tax counsel, he reviews tax and tax-related matters that arise during an audit or advisory engagement to formulate counsel and tax opinions on important operating and tax issues. He received both B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Georgia.

Prior to his association with CapinCrouse, John served with Campus Crusade for Christ for eight years as in-house legal counsel, and during his last three years served as director of the legal department.

To assist the larger not-for-profit and Christian communities, John actively participates in writing and speaking opportunities. Areas of focus include general tax issues, unrelated business income, benefit plans, compensation planning and reporting, missionary employment structures, charitable solicitations, and many more.

John is on the planning committee for the annual Foreign Mission Administration Conference sponsored by Missio Nexus.


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.


Gary Hoag

Generosity Monk

Gary has been encouraging Christian generosity for more than 20 years. Under his leadership at Denver Seminary, Colorado Christian University, and BIOLA University, God provided approximately $100 million in charitable support for those schools.

Today, he is finishing his Ph.D. in New Testament at Trinity College in Bristol, England, while serving as a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

As the Generosity Monk, Gary speaks at seminaries and ministry gatherings around the world. Currently, he also provides spiritual and strategic counsel for denominations like the Evangelical Free Church of America and the Anglican Mission in the Americas, and for ministries like Prison Fellowship and International Health Services.

Gary recently contributed a chapter to Becoming a Steward Leader; co-authored the book The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources; and served as a content reviewer for the NIV Stewardship Study Bible.


This forum is free and lunch is included.

To register, please contact Robin Cruz at 714.961.9300 or by email at rcruz@capincrouse.com. (Online registration for this forum is no longer available.)


Liberty Station Conference Center

2600 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92106