CapinCrouse Financial Seminar for Churches and Nonprofits, Plano, TX

Today’s changing world brings increased risks to churches and nonprofits in the areas of finance, tax, legal, and operations. Responding well to change begins with a fuller understanding of these risks. CapinCrouse LLP and Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) are pleased to offer this seminar to help you better steward the resources and people entrusted to your care.

Come learn from experts like Frank Sommerville, attorney with Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C., and other noted presenters.


October 4, 2012
8:30 a.m.— 2:30 p.m.
The Hope Center
2001 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75075
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Learning objectives:

  • Better comprehend your ministry’s exposure to legal risk through an examination of timely and relevant court cases and learn how to address any risks that are identified
  • Become aware of the latest tax changes and regulatory developments that impact tax exempt organizations and churches, including how to identify potential unrelated business activities
  • Understand areas of your ministry that may be susceptible to fraud and how to prevent, identify, and respond to fraud if it does occur
  • Learn the differences between financial audits, compilations, reviews, and consulting engagements and how to make your ministry’s next financial audit go more quickly and smoothly
  • Increase your knowledge of how to use ratios, benchmarking, and dashboard reports to better monitor and measure your ministry’s financial health

Who should attend:

  • Administrative and executive pastors
  • Business administrators
  • Chief financial officers
  • Finance managers
  • Treasurers
  • Finance committee members

Cost: Each seminar is $59; lunch and materials are included.

This program allows you to earn up to 5 CPE credits1 and 0.5 NACBA CEUs2.

1 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:

2 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.


October 4, 2012

8:30 — 9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00 — 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 — 10:05 am “Legal Issues Impacting Nonprofits”
10:05 — 10:15 am Break
10:15 — 11:05 am “Tax Exempt Doesn’t Mean No Tax Impact”
11:05 — 11:55 am “It Happened to Us, Can It Happen to You?”
11:55 — 12:40 pm Lunch
12:40 — 1:30 pm “Root Canal or Financial Audit—Which Is Less Painful?”
1:30 — 2:20 pm “Measuring Financial Health”
2:20 — 2:30 pm Closing Remarks


"Legal Issues Impacting Nonprofits"

Presented by: Frank Sommerville (Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.)

Churches face a wide range of risks. Some are obvious and some are less apparent. Hear from a nonprofit legal expert about current legal issues that are costing congregations time and money and merit careful consideration. [CPE: 1.0 (Tax)]

"Tax Exempt Doesn’t Mean No Tax Impact"

Presented by: Adam Smith (CapinCrouse LLP)

While churches are tax exempt organizations by law, many tax issues impact local congregations. Our tax expert will discuss up-to-date tax changes and developments that may impact your church, including the specific areas of unrelated business income, independent contractors versus employees, ministerial compensation, and other common tax concerns. [CPE:1.0 (Tax)]

"It Happened to Us, Can It Happen to You?"

Presented by: Vonna Laue (CapinCrouse LLP)

We often believe that fraud cannot happen in our church. During this session, we will hear from an individual whose church was the victim of fraud—what they learned and what they wish they had known before. [CPE: 1.0 (Fraud)]

"Root Canal or Financial Audit—Which Is Less Painful?"

Presented by: Bret Wichert (CapinCrouse LLP)

The words “financial audit” strike fear in the hearts of many in church business offices. They invoke thoughts like “It takes too long” or “It’s hard to prepare for” or “It costs too much, and the auditors just want to find something wrong.” In this session a panel of church leaders and auditors will discuss how to make this process simpler and more effective. [CPE 1.0 (Accounting)].

"Measuring Financial Health"

Presented by: Chris Jorgensen (CapinCrouse LLP) and David Lee (ECCU)

This session will be co-presented with David Lee, ministry development officer with ECCU, and will discuss ratios, benchmarking, and dashboard reports. It will also explore the benefits of using the Church Financial Health Index as a tool for your leadership to make better decisions. [CPE 1.0 (Specialized Knowledge)]



Frank Sommerville

Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.

Frank is a shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. in Houston and Dallas, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Texas Wesleyan University, his masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. He holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is rated AV (highest possible) by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

Frank has served nonprofit institutions of all sizes as a bookkeeper, accountant, auditor, tax advisor and advocate, litigator, and legal advisor. He has presented seminars on nonprofit taxation since 1981, is a frequent lecturer on nonprofit issues at the University of Texas Law School's Annual Nonprofit Organizations Conferences and the State Bar of Texas Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Courses, and regularly assists churches in preventing litigation, including those that originate with accusations of sexual misconduct.

Frank is a member of the American Bar Association, The State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, and the TSCPA. He served on TSCPA's Texas Tax Institute Committee (Chairman in 2000), and on the Nonprofit Organizations Conference Committee (Chairman for 2009-2010). He is a past member of the Board of Directors for Christian Management Association (CMA, now Christian Leadership Alliance), and has spoken at numerous CMA national conventions since 1988. He was inducted into the National Association for Church Business Administration (NACBA) Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, The Church Report named Frank one of the 50 most influential Christians in America. In 2011, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) named him to its Panel of Legal Experts to assist Senator Grassley and ECFA’s Commission for Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.

Frank is a contributing author to PPC’s Nonprofit Tax & Governance Guide: Helping Organizations Comply (2011) and a regular contributor to many publications, including Christianity Today and Your Church. He is a member of the Experts Panel for and posts answers regularly. He has written more than 60 articles on nonprofit issues, most of which are available at

Frank is also part of his law firm’s team that assists with employment and ERISA issues. He has represented nonprofit and religious organizations in disputes with former employees regarding benefit plans, retirement plans, and termination. He counsels nonprofit and religious organizations regarding compensation planning, employee handbooks, employment policies, employment agreements, intellectual property policies, and proper treatment of clergy and rabbis.

Frank resides near Dallas, Texas. His volunteer activities have served a wide range of organizations from United Way agencies to the Dallas Center for Nonprofit Management and his local church.

Adam Smith

CapinCrouse LLP
Tax Manager

Adam joined CapinCrouse in June 2007, initially working on both the audit and tax teams before transitioning exclusively to nonprofit tax work. He serves a variety of clients consulting on various tax issues including: Unrelated business income, foreign activities, minister’s taxation, and missionary taxation.

For the past three years, Adam has been helping many organizations comply with the new requirements of the revised IRS Form 990 as well as identifying unrelated business income and filing the appropriate federal and state forms.

He obtained his B.A. from Western State College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Vonna Laue

CapinCrouse LLP

Vonna is responsible for audit and accounting services rendered to our clients. Her activities include review of audit procedures and processes, interaction with client personnel and the audit team, and involvement in complicated audit areas. She works closely with the audit team and keeps management informed of the progress of their work. She is also available throughout the year to answer questions, assist with special projects, and address the ever-changing needs that face the not-for-profit entity.

Vonna earned her bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University and her master’s degree in leadership and human resource management from the University of Colorado.

She has served local organizations in a variety of positions and has published articles in national church business administration publications as well as co-authored the book Essential Guide to Church Finances. In 2010, Vonna was inducted into the Church Management Hall of Fame by the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). Her speaking experience includes annual church seminars as well as various regional and national conferences.

Vonna is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Society for Human Resource Management, and NACBA.


Bret Wichert

CapinCrouse LLP

Bret is a partner in the CapinCrouse LLP Dallas office where, as the firm’s central regional director, he oversees the Dallas, Colorado Springs, and Denver offices and serves as the primary liaison for the region’s client service. He is responsible for the recruitment and supervision of staff and for coordinating all client services provided by these offices.

He has over 18 years of experience serving exclusively nonprofit organizations through audit and advisory services. He has served a wide range of clients within the nonprofit sector, including church denomination headquarters, local churches, colleges, universities, foreign mission organizations, and charitable foundations supporting organizations and public (community) foundations. Bret also has significant experience working with complex gift, endowment, and planned gift agreements, including annuities and charitable trusts.

He obtained his B.A. degree from Azusa Pacific University and is closely involved with the Christian Leadership Alliance, speaking regularly at industry conferences and seminars.

Bret is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the board of directors of Christian Service Charities.


Chris Jorgensen

CapinCrouse LLP
Audit Manager

Chris joined CapinCrouse in January 2007. He has more than five years of professional experience serving not-for-profit clients, including schools, colleges, universities, associations, foundations, church denominations, international mission organizations, and sports organizations. Chris also has provided services to many clients with respect to their employee benefit plans and A-133 audit requirements.

Chris earned B.A. degrees in accounting and business administration from Jamestown College. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, he is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.


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.


This seminar is $59; lunch and materials are included.

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The Hope Center

2001 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75075