Join this session to keep a pulse on the latest issues impacting churches and ministries. The state of many policy issues, including the future of comprehensive tax reform, will directly impact nonprofits and churches. These once in a generation policy changes could dramatically restrict incentives for givers to support churches and ministry. Outcomes:
1) Update leaders on policy issues that may impact their church or ministry,
2) Analyze the impact of comprehensive tax reform, and
3) Discuss challenges of recent litigation and its ramifications going forward.
Field of Study: Business Law, Basic, Group Live. Session is worth 1.5 credits
Dan Busby is President of ECFA, an organization that accredits Christ-centered ministries in governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising. ECFA’s seal enhances trust of givers, which increases generosity, providing greater resources to help fulfill the Great Commission. ECFA accredits over 2,200 churches and nonprofits. These organizations have annual revenue in excess of $26 billion. Dan has over 40 years of experience serving the Christ-centered church and nonprofit community and frequently speaks nationally on related issues. He is a prolific writer with 56 volumes of five book titles published, including a 2015 release, TRUST: The Firm Foundation of Kingdom Fruitfulness, and a 2017 release, Lessons From the Boardroom, co-authored by John Pearson. Dan received a MBA from Emporia State University, Emporia Kansas. The university also named him as a distinguished alumnus in 2014. Dan served as a member of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national legislative advisory commission convened to address legislative proposals for the nonprofit sector. From 2010-2015, Nonprofit Times named him as one of the 50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Leaders.
For more than 30 years, John Wylie has focused on advising all types of nonproﬁt organizations, including charitable, sports, religious, healthcare and educational institutions. John not only brings technical expertise to his practice, but also has a deep understanding of nonproﬁt organizations and a unique sensitivity to their priorities and legal needs. His experience includes advising boards and senior management teams on legal structure, governance and personnel policies, joint ventures and affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, commercial activities, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, international structure and operations, current and deferred giving matters. He also has extensive experience with exempt organization tax issues, including unrelated business income tax liability, the private foundation rules, property and sales tax exemptions and the implications of becoming recognized by the IRS as a church or religious order.
John Van Drunen is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for ECFA. John holds a bachelor of arts in accounting, magna cum laude, from Anderson University and a juris doctor from Regent University School of Law. His responsibilities at ECFA primarily relate to managing the compliance program and writing and speaking on technical nonprofit issues. John has received many awards, including Virginia Bar Association recognition for pro bono work during his tenure as a law student. This work included working with nonprofit organizations and assisting low-income individuals with preparing taxes. Beginning with the 2010 edition, John co-authored the Zondervan Minister’s Tax & Financial Guide and the Zondervan Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide with ECFA President, Dan Busby, and Michael Martin, ECFA Vice President and legal counsel.