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NACBA Training to focus on Creating Accountability for Congregational Financial Leadership

7 May

For Immediate Release

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Unfortunately it was not an unusual call. The question from the reporter of a local Indiana paper was one we had heard before: "Can a congregation recover after their business manager has stolen $250,000?" Seems the church had limited accounting controls in place and the business manager had discovered a way to write himself checks. Allegedly these were being cashed to support the gambling addiction of the employee. "How could this have happened as the employee was loved and trusted after many years of service?"

In an effort to be proactive in training church leaders how to Create Accountability, the National Association of Church Business Administration is pleased to announce a Regional Meeting for all persons working in administration in the local church. This regional meeting will take place in San Antonio, Texas, at the First Baptist Church (515 McCullough Avenue) on May 29 & 30, 2008. The meeting is open to ministers, church staff and lay leaders who have accountability for the lawful operation of the church.

The training content providers are team members of Stanfield & O'Dell, P.C. ( ), an accounting firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with over 50 years of experience. The firm specializes in working with congregations. When asked why Stanfield and O'Dell is participating in this training event, Becky DaVee said: "In partnership with NACBA it is our goal to educate and discuss the challenging issues the religious community must overcome for success in their financial reporting and tax compliance efforts. "

The meeting will begin with lunch and guest speaker Eric Bryan, executive pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will be discussing Andy Stanley's book Visioneering. Sessions include the latest information on Leadership and Board Governance; Financial Reporting; Compensation, Retirement Plans and Housing Allowance, and Regulatory Compliance. "The IRS is looking more closely at non-profits and we want the local church to be informed," said Simeon May, CEO of the association.

The session will conclude at noon on the second day so that participants may travel back home or enjoy the sights of the San Antonio area. We have NACBA member pricing and well as multiple participant pricing for this affordable and informative meeting.

Register online at
Any questions, please call Rose Ella McCleary at 800.898.8085 or email at

The National Association of Church Business Administration® (NACBA®) is an interdenominational, professional, Christian organization which exists to serve the church by promoting the highest level of professional competence in individuals serving Christ through administration in local churches. With over seventy local chapters and members in 60 denominations or faith groups, NACBA has for more than fifty years been the knowledge leader in all matters related to the administration of the local church. For information on their educational resources, certification program and training events go to or call (800) 898-8085.Any questions, please call Rose Ella McCleary at 800.898.8085 or email at


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