a monthly series for Church Treasurers
4th Wednesday of each month, 7:00 - 8:30 pm ET
Join us every month for keep up to date on the latest news and advice for treasurers, trustees, payroll contacts and more.
The “business of church” is complicated. Whether you’re wondering about the latest government programs to help us get out of the pandemic, or looking for advice on leasing space, maintaining a big property, or the best practices around managing a cemetery, there will be something for you here. This group began in the pandemic as a place for Treasurers to hear from our denomination’s Chief Financial Officer. It has proven so popular that we’re expanding the scope of programming and the variety of presenters.
Spring 2023 Schedule:
- There will be no live meeting on Ash Wednesday, February 21. Instead we’re planning a pre-recorded program on getting or regaining charitable status, and processing organization changes like closures and amalgamations. The program will be available on the Program Page for this course here at CHURCHx.
- March – May 2023 we’ll meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday of each month, as usual
Plans for Fall 2023 are still developing, but we’re currently expecting programming will be expanded to address new areas of the “business of church”, to augment the information that Eric and Clyde have been presenting. Check back for details later in the year.
To connect to this program you'll need enroll in the course and create a (free) CHURCHx account. Click on the "Buy Now" button to put this course in your shopping cart, and then checkout. You'll be prompted to provide a username (lower case, no spaces) and a password. Each month, login to CHURCHx and navigate to this course to find all of your resources and recordings collected together in one convenient spot.
Everyone enrolled in the program will receive monthly updates before each live session.
You'll also find a discussion forum where you can post questions and comments between our live meetings. Posts to the discussion forum are emailed to everyone who's enrolled in this course, so you can carry on the conversation between meetings.
Erik Mathiesen is Chief Financial Officer for the United Church of Canada by day, and active volunteer by night at his own congregation – currently serving as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. He is committed to helping church treasurers and other volunteers navigate the increasingly complex world of charity compliance, as simply as possible. Erik liaises with the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate regularly on behalf of United Church entities.
Clyde Harris is a partner in Alwyn Enterprises (a bookkeeping service used by many of our communities of faith), The Treasurer for Ebenezer United Church in Scarborough and the former Treasurer for Toronto Southeast Presbytery. An expert on United Church Finances, he has led workshops for church treasurers for more than twenty years in the Toronto area, and more recently online in the United-in-Learning “Webinars for Church Treasurer’s” Series. Clyde enjoys talking with church treasurers to help them to fulfil their roles.
Rev. Stephen Fetter is the Minister of Forest Hill United Church in Toronto, and Manager of the United in Learning program from the General Council Office. He hosts these meetings, and brings his perspective as a congregational minister of 32 years’ experience to bear on all aspects of church business.
Monthly 1.5 hour live webinar