March 12, 2021
9am - 4pm CST
Location: Zoom Meeting


Cost:
$99 TCN National Members
$125 Non-Members

TCN Virtual FASTTRACK - Accounting

Join host Vonna Laue, CPA, for this day of continuing education focused on the accounting and financial disciplines of local congregations. Presenters are representative of congregational peers, professional consultants, and leading accounting organization who have a proven history of supporting local church administrative leaders.

Format is virtual but in a Zoom meeting format to offer conversation and interaction between leader and participant. Whether you are a long time veteran or new to church accounting, you are sure to walk away with new insight and affirmation that you are providing you congregation with some of the best administrative support possible. Mark off the day and focus on "sharpening the blade" in a caring environment. Don't Go It Alone!

Cancellations/Refunds There is a $25 cancellation fee if the request is received before the Virtual Fast Track begins. After the meeting begins, there is no refund.

Speakers

New EXP in a Global Pandemic 

John Van Drunen, CPA, JD

Leadership transitions are hard enough but mix in a global pandemic in the process and you really get to see how the Holy Spirit can do things you never imagined!  Join this discussion to hear reflections from John as he and the team at FBC have navigated the transition as well as COVID. What things have worked and what things have not worked out as intended.   

Bio: John C. Van Drunen serves as the executive pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Winchester, Virginia. John met his wife Lauren in the hallways of Fellowship Bible Church between services. Today they are excited to be raising their three energy-filled young boys around the community of the church. John came on staff at the church from over a decade of service with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, having served as their Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He is both a CPA and an attorney, and he is excited to use these resources in overseeing the administration of the Fellowship Bible Church. His desire is to see the body of Christ grow in the encouragement of Ephesians 4. John and his family enjoy getting into the great outdoors by camping and hiking. 

Church Can Be a Risky Business 

Vonna Laue, CPA - Host

All types of risk exist in a church. These can range from financial and physical to reputational and legal. We often don’t spend enough time planning which can require a much larger amount of time and energy in responding if something does go wrong. This session will expand our understanding of risk and how we can help lead our church through the risk maze. 

Bio: Vonna Laue has worked with ministries and churches for over 20 years and is currently serving ministries through financial and operational consulting engagements. Vonna earned her B.S. degree from Black Hills State University and her MBA degree in leadership and human resource management from the University of Colorado. She has served on national and international boards and has published articles in multiple national publications as well as co-authored three books.

How to Budget Successfully in Changing Times 

Rob Faulk, CPA

Today’s ever-changing ministry environment calls for more than traditional budgeting approaches. This session will provide practical budgeting tips to help bring financial stability in a rapidly changing economy. Practical takeaways include templates to help analyze fixed, semi-fixed, and variable expenses; how to tie your budget to the strategic plan, and strategies to reduce expenses without impacting ministry effectiveness. 


Bio: Rob Faulk has more than 40 years of financial leadership experience in serving for-profit and nonprofit entities, including direct ministry experience as executive pastor and CFO of large churches. He serves some of the largest churches in America as well as higher education institutions and other nonprofits. Rob holds an MA in ministry management from Azusa Pacific University Graduate School of Theology and is a frequent conference speaker and author of articles on nonprofit financial matters. 

Church Fraud Prevention – 2021 Update 

Rodney Smith, CPA, CFE

In this session, we will cover highlights of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2020 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse.  We will also share the latest trends in fraud risks for churches, recent case studies from actual fraud examinations, and tips on fraud prevention. 

Bio: Rodney Smith is a partner with PSK LLP, a Texas-based CPA firm with a national presence. A member of The Church Network's Church Management Hall of Fame, he is credentialed as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, and he  is a frequent speaker and author who has shared insights on fraud prevention, tax compliance, financial reporting, and other topics relevant to churches. 

Reporting with the End-User in Mind 

Matt Gates, CCA

Serving as the business administrator for 18 years and now the executive pastor for my church for the last 3, I realize how important appropriate information is in making decisions. The reporting of information plays an important role in the church so getting the right information in a manner that is easily understood is critical. In this session, we will be talking about the importance of understanding who our audience is and customizing our reporting for the appropriate audience. 

Bio: Matt Gates is executive pastor at Victory Family Church in Cranberry Township, PA. In that role he is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and decision-making of church policies and ministries. This includes strategic support and execution of the vision of the church as the primary representative of the senior pastor. Prior to his role as executive pastor, Pastor Matt spent 18 years on staff as the business administrator.  He is married and has two children, loves to hunt, go cycling, and vacation with his family. 

Lessons from a Seasoned Perspective

Amanda House, CPA

Serving in an organization for several years provides the opportunity to dig into deeper level issues. Having served more than a decade in a large church setting, Amanda will help us explore how to care for ourselves, our staff, and the ministry as a whole. This session will provide helpful insights and suggestions that you can put into practice right away in your church. 

 Bio: Amanda House is the director of accounting and HR for Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Her 15 years of experience with Big Four accounting and worldwide ministries has given her a passion to help individuals and teams maximize their strengths to support kingdom work. She is currently studying for her master’s degree in taxation and can be found serving in women’s and children’s ministries. Her other greatest passions are her family, dogs, and ice cream.  

CEU/CPE Information

Participants will be rewarded with 0.6 CEUs for completing the entire day of FastTrack Accounting. CEUs will count towards CCA Certification and retention. If you are interested in enrolling in certification fill out the registration form here. If you have any questions direct them to Darby Roach at darby@thechurchnetwork.com.
The National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA), doing business as The Church Network (TCN), 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

NACBA has been approved by the NASBA to provide CPE credit for "Group Live" and "Group Internet Based" programs, so certain workshops offered at our national conference and certain of our Webinars are eligible for CPE credit. Our NASBA sponsor ID is 115907. 

NACBA is registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the board as to the quality of our CPE program. Our Texas sponsor ID is 010089.

In order to receive CPE credit, you must be registered for the webinar; you may not be an unregistered person participating in a group setting.