Big Picture Financial Management

Content Contributor: Vonna Laue, CCNL, Executive Vice President, ECFA

Facilitator: Jennifer Bridges, Ministry Financial Professional

Category: Financial Management

Last Day to Register: January 8, 2018

Module Start Date: January 15, 2018

Learning Objectives

  • To provide a better understanding of how boards function and how to provide meaningful financial information to them
  • To provide an overview of various performance measurements that may be useful as well as how to implement a dashboard reporting system
  • To provide a summary of ways to better analyze the financial information of your organization
  • To provide tools to assess whether outsourcing may be a viable option for your ministry and if so, how to make it work well
  • To appreciate how the accounting department of an organization is critical to the mission it strives to fulfill


Module Overview

This module is designed to help you think about “the big picture” role that accounting plays in the overall ministry. It will include insight on communicating finances with boards and committees, and how to best help the governing team to focus on what is important in the financial information they receive. It will review some of the most useful financial measurements for ministries as well as provide information related to “dashboard” reporting. We will explore what financial analysis in a ministry looks like, and how we can do that better. We will examine how to best consider the option of outsourcing. And finally, we will explore the ways that the accounting department connects to an organization’s mission.

Requirements for Receiving Credit

  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 the topic forum discussions for all five sessions

Required Textbooks

Assigned reading links and articles will be accessible from within the module when it begins.

Facilitator Bio

Jennifer Bridges, Ministry Financial Professional

Jennifer Bridges, Ministry Financial Professional

Jennifer is an experienced ministry financial professional who most recently served as the Controller and Finance Director for FamilyLife, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). Prior to joining FamilyLife in 2014, Jennifer worked in various finance roles at Fortune 500 companies including Verizon Wireless and Windstream Communications. She is a licensed CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arkansas Tech University and MBA from the University of Arkansas. Jennifer currently resides in central Arkansas with her husband, William and their daughter, Shelby.