Priests

Your Budget as a Missions Statement
Parish | Level 0
Jen Cantrell, CPA

Pastors are responsible for the budget of the parish and creating an annual budget is time consuming and frustrating. Jen Cantrell will talk about how the clergy can handle their budgets, the resources and why the budget is truly the parish mission statement. Join this workshop and learn best practices in budgeting for the clergy.

 

The Business of the Church and the Church as a Business
Parish | Level 0
Jen Cantrell, CPA

Every business has tax and filing responsibilities, so does the Church. As pastors, you are ultimately responsible for compliance with state and federal payroll tax laws. Join this discussion to determine the correct policies for your organization. Are they employees or independent contractors? Am I required to pay overtime to my employees under the new rules? Those questions and others will be addressed. We will also learn the proper procedures for acknowledging gifts of both cash and noncash donations to the Church. Attend and make sure you are compliant with the latest rules and regulations in this complex area.

 

Surviving or Thriving as a Priest in Today’s Church
Parish | Level 0
Tim Sember, ParishSOFT

What are the expectations of a priest today?  What challenges are you facing? Where are you experiencing joy?  How should you measure success? Join an interactive discussion focusing on the priesthood today led from the perspective of a layperson who has served with priests on parish, diocesan, and national levels.

 

Social Media & Your Parish: A Marriage Made in Heaven!
Parish | Level 0
Dawn Wolf, Diocese of Sioux Falls

If Jesus were alive today would he use social media to communicate his message?  Would Saint Paul?  Are you looking at dipping your toe into the social media pool OR are you already swimming and looking to go into the deep end? This session will discuss why a social media strategy is critical to your success and give you tools to create your own strategy.  We'll talk "do's" and "don'ts" of the various social media networks and ideas for creating good content, with a special focus on creating video content.  We will discuss which social media networks you should consider, and which ones might not be a good fit for your parish.  We'll also look at why boosting certain posts might be worth the money, how to maximize your dollars, and much more! 

 

Transparency Leads to Greater Giving
Parish | Level 0
James B. Jordan, CPA Atlanta, GA

There are no secrets in a parish, only confidentiality. Experience has shown that there are inhibitors and enablers that prevent or encourage greater giving. The leadership of the priest is key, but often the culture of the parish is not in alignment with what the giver needs to hear and experience. This presentation and discussion includes actual experiences of how responsive a congregation is to transparent fiscal matters or non-responsive to “secret” fiscal matters. A model for transparency is offered after the inhibitors and enablers are examined. Emphasis is placed on the roles of priests and deacons and their leadership towards transparency.