Lessons from Joshua: Keys to Leadership and Success
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Navigating Emerging Risks Today
The risks facing your church or ministry today are many, but there are common practices that may assist in avoiding certain risks. This session will cover several topics and be an interactive session reviewing:
- The state of the non-profit insurance marketplace today.
- Cyber Attacks are on the rise – what the church/non-profit needs to know.
- Child on child abuse is on the rise – what we need to know as church programming begins ramping up for Summer.
Changing times – The Transforming Face of Accounting
We will discuss the impact of the progressing changes on the accounting profession through such topics as robotics and blockchain, the progressing licensing of CPA’s, cryptocurrencies, the impact of remote technologies on internal control, and other advancements. We will also discuss how to use these opportunities to advance and challenge your ministry in a changing world.
I love to tell the story: branding in the age of social media
Your brand is who you are – or more accurately, how members, donors, prospects, and others perceive who you are. In an age of instantaneous (mis)information how do you protect your brand, augment it, and use it to further your organization’s goals? From what to communicate, when, where, and how, to trends in communication, we will discuss the importance of your brand and how it can help your organization achieve its mission and vision with practical insights you can implement today.
The Ins and Outs of Minister Tax Issues
Sandra Fowler & Elaine Sommerville
By the end of the session, participants will be able to define who is a minister according to both the Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service definitions, will gain a better understanding of the dual tax status unique to ministers, and will be able correctly designate and account for the minister’s housing allowance. We will also discuss income and expense plans related to ministerial employees
Top Ten Things – Employment Law Update
Frank Sommerville & Cory Halliburton
Join our favorite attorneys to review current events affecting a religious organization’s employment practices including lessons learned from pandemic-work conditions that are here to stay (maybe), remote work and the law, the ministerial exception, and strategies for ministers and exempt and nonexempt employees. Learn how your organization can navigate areas that can sidetrack its ministry and drain valuable resources when things go awry
Are you Running your Organization or is it Running You?
- Get REAL
- Keep it SIMPLE
- Get RESULTS
- EOS Model
- Vision / Traction Organization
- Accountability Chart
Ministry Risk Updates
Review the recent legal and risk management developments. This session will also cover statutory and regulatory developments, litigation trends, and case studies.
Form 990: Common Mistakes Still Made After More Than a Decade!
It has been 12 years since the Form 990 was redesigned by the IRS, but many professionals and organizations still struggle to prepare the return accurately. This session will spend time reviewing the most common mistakes still made and provide tips for preparing an accurate return for use by regulators and the general public.
From Allyship to Solidarity: A Purpose-Driven Response for Bridging Racial and Cultural Divides
Over the last eighteen months, our world, nation, cities, and neighborhoods have experienced multiple pandemics including COVID-19, civil unrest, and community violence. Each pandemic has impacted us in some way. Yet, many people of faith feel helpless in knowing what to do and what to say. If you are wondering how to navigate the current cultural dynamics in our families, churches, and communities and understand how we can all be a force for healing and harmony, join us for a thought-provoking session that will introduce you to a Biblical framework of diversity, equality, and inclusion.
Policies and Procedures for Remote Workers
Not only will sound work-from-home policies keep employees on track while working offsite, but they will also help avoid potential legal problems that can arise from remote work. This session will cover policies and procedures to safeguard your organization while allowing employees to work remotely.
Benevolence – Meeting the Ever-Increasing Need
The United States is one of the most giving countries in the world and religious organizations are in the forefront of giving. Effects of the recent pandemic have created greater needs to be met with limited funds. Establishing solid benevolence programs and understanding compliance limitations assist organizations in reaching people effectively.
#MeToo in a #ChurchToo World
In the last 18 months, churches have experienced record levels of disclosures by victims of sexual abuse by church leaders – sometimes for events that occurred decades ago. This session will address how to identify sexual harassment by church leaders and volunteers. We will then discuss how to respond once an allegation has been made. Finally, we will discuss steps the church can take to minimize the risk that will happen in their church.
Accounting for the Future
Now is the time to look forward and plan for the future! Whether you are accounting for contracts, commitments, obligations, or simply a vision (and budget) for the future, your accounting should be forward thinking. From capital projects to capital leases, from pledged contributions to retirement obligations, we will learn how to practically account for your future plans and how to comply with the most current accounting standards.
Frank & Elaine Sommerville
Tax & Legal Update for Religious Organizations
Frank & Elaine Sommerville
New tax law, new guidance, new rulings, and new court cases all provide insight into the application of the rules and regulations applicable to religious organizations. Learn what is new from the IRS and how to apply lessons learned by others to the day-to-day operations of your religious organization.