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Southern Baptist church, ministry business leaders to gather for annual meeting

DALLAS — Church and ministry leaders from across the Southern Baptist Convention will gather March 14–16 at GuideStone Financial Resources in Dallas to learn the latest information on employment law, tax and compliance issues and health care reform updates. The annual Southern Baptist Business Officers Conference brings together support and administrative personnel from Baptist churches and institutions throughout the United States each March.

Annually, more than 100 business officers from Southern Baptist churches, institutions, conventions, foundations and educational institutions are expected. Following the three-day conference, GuideStone is offering a free two-day training for employer retirement plan administrators and human resources personnel to assist them in the day-to-day administration of their GuideStone retirement plan. Continuing education credit for select sessions held during the conference is available. Credit is available for CFP, CPA, CCA, CCBA or PHR/SPHR certifications or designations.

“We’ve worked diligently to make this the go-to event for business administrators for churches and ministries across the Southern Baptist Convention,” said Joel Rister, director of denominational business services at GuideStone Financial Resources. “We are aware of no other conference that covers the variety of topics that affect business administrators’ daily work.”

This year’s conference speakers include:

Richard Hammar. A noted CPA and attorney with expertise in church and ministers’ tax issues, Hammar will offer his legal and tax updates.

Dan Busby. The president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Busby will cover important Washington updates.

John Dickerson. The author of The Great Evangelical Recession, Dickerson will speak on six factors that American churches should be prepared for in a transitioning culture.

Scott Couchenour. The executive coach will offer attendees practical steps to grow in their ministry and positions.

J. Michael Godfrey. The founder and president of True Course, a mentoring, coaching and consulting service aimed at leaders of nonprofit organizations, Godfrey will speak on living without regret.

Ty Yokum. A management consultant with Chick-fil-A, Yokum will speak on leadership at the Monday night dinner.

Additionally, several GuideStone employees will speak on topics including human resources, retirement plans and health care reform updates.

Many attendees come back annually for the sessions, which offer practical insights.

“As ministry leaders, we each have a responsibility to provide wise counsel and guidance to the ministry organizations that God has called us to serve,” said William Townes, vice president for convention finance at the SBC Executive Committee. “In addition to relevant updates from GuideStone’s knowledgeable professionals, the SBBOC provides opportunities to personally interact with a wide array of other nonprofit industry leaders. Besides learning from these recognized experts, occasions to fellowship and network with my peers has helped me learn novel and creative ways to respond to the challenges that we all face.”

Registration is still open for the meeting. Cost is $150, which includes all conference sessions, course materials, dinner on Monday night, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and breakfast on Wednesday. Registration information is available at sbboc.com.


Roy Hayhurst is department head of denominational and public relations services for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Media Contact — Tim Head, Executive Officer for Denominational and Public Relations Services, GuideStone Financial Resources, SBC. Contact Mr. Head via email, Tim.Head@GuideStone.org, or telephone at (214) 720-4706.


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