Protect Your Ministry's Finances

Content Contributor: Vonna Laue, CCNL
Facilitator: Vonna Laue - CCNL, Consultant
Category: Financial Management

Last Day to Register: Jan 11, 2021
Module Start Date: Jan 18, 2021

Learning Objectives

  • Learn from examples of fraud that have taken place in ministries and recognize the warning signs that can be monitored in your organization
  • Understand ways that you can try to prevent fraud from occurring in your organization
  • Recognize importance of risk management, learning how to identify risk and who should be involved in the process
  • Provide wisdom on oversight and monitoring of internal controls and how that can be done in your ministry
  • Know how to establish necessary internal controls for cash receipts, cash disbursements, payroll, and information technology areas

Module Overview

Protecting your ministry's finances is vital. This module is designed to provide insight into the necessary internal controls an organization should have in place to protect its financial assets. It will also explore the signs and symptoms of fraud and an overview of an internal audit process. It will provide accounting department personnel a better understanding of possible weaknesses in their systems, fraud signals, and an overview of necessary controls. All participants will gain a better understanding of those vital protections, as well as the internal audit process.

Requirements for Receiving Credit

Credit for the module will be determined on the following criteria:
  1. Successful completion and submission of five Reflection assignments demonstrating that the participant has read required resources and reviewed the presentation content.
  2. Engage in all topic forum discussions for all five sessions.

Required Textbooks

All required resources will be accessible from within the module after it begins.

Facilitator Bio

Vonna Laue - CCNL, Consultant
Vonna Laue has worked with churches and ministries for over 20 years. Vonna was a partner for a national CPA firm serving not-for-profit entities through audit, review, tax, and advisory services. Most recently, she held the role of executive vice president for a Christian ministry that works to enhance trust in the church and ministry community. She 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 local and national boards and has published articles in multiple national publications as well as co-authored three books. Her speaking experience includes a variety of regional and national conferences.