Church Business is a Ministry!

September 16, 23, 30, and October 7 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM CDT
Via Webcast | LIVE ONLINE

Your church may not be a business, but it still faces some of the same tensions corporations do. Money comes in, and money goes out. Records have to be kept and someone has to sign the checks—not to mention stewardship, payroll, and the constant battle to keep up with receipts.

Left unchecked, all of this can become overwhelming. That’s why a practical framework—one that takes the mystery out of church finance and best practices—is so needed. If the business of church is complicating the mission of your ministry, this course will help.


What You’ll Gain

  • A clear plan for organizing your church’s finances and the people involved
  • Practices for growing and protecting paid and volunteer staff
  • Knowledge of business terms and best practices you probably didn’t learn in seminary
  • Resources for better decision making, financial protection, and improved morale
  • Peace of mind knowing there’s a plan and a process for handling resources
  • … and so much more (see the full course agenda below)!


This course will help you harness the skills of agile leadership and faithful stewardship—allowing you to be nimble enough to respond to a changing cultural landscape.

Workshop Agenda

Session 1:

The Business Side of Church

In this first session, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your church’s fiduciary responsibility (and what those words even mean), along with the counsel you should keep, different methods for accounting, and the tensions that exist in and around stewardship.

Session 2:

Practices and Processes of the Church

You need a transparent process for handling the funds your church is entrusted with. From the best practices around record keeping to fraud mitigation strategies (and even how to handle cash and sign checks), this session is the nuts and bolts most of us are missing.

Session 3:

Utilization of Resources

With so many fundamentals covered, you’re now ready to tackle higher-level topics like budget forecasting, personnel, annual plans, and cash flow – the things that, until there’s an effective system in place, prevent your ministry from thriving.

Session 4:

Beyond the Numbers

In our final session together, we’ll discuss the tax implications your church must consider, a process for accountability where credit cards are concerned, and the very real financial exposure related to child protection policies, background checks, and first aid training.

Meet the Instructor

Photo of Janice Ziemba

Janice Ziemba has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and earned her CPA license while working for Arthur Andersen in San Diego, California. Throughout her career, Janice’s primary focus has been on small business accounting. As a longtime member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church (with campuses in both Fairfax and Clifton, Virginia) she served in many volunteer positions before joining the paid staff as the Director of Children and Family Ministry for a period of five years. After a brief break, Janice returned to her business roots and handled the accounting for the church’s two preschools before being asked to serve as Church Administrator. As the Administrator of this dynamic congregation, her responsibilities included the administrative and financial activities of the church, executive leadership decisions, and oversight of the financial reporting process for the two preschools. Now, as the owner of Open Paths, LLC, Financial Coaching, Janice is able to guide people and their organizations to a secure future. 

How it Works

Join our host, Janice Ziemba, and an engaged learning cohort of faith leaders live and online!

  • ➔ Participate in four 75-minute webcast sessions

    Join us September 16, 23, 30, and October 7 (from 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM CDT) as we explore the business side of church.

  • ➔ Discuss your experience within a safe context

    Throughout the course, the chat feature will allow chances to discuss and apply what you’re learning with people asking the same questions as you.

  • ➔ Develop meaningful connections

    The issues and expectations of church finance can be stressful sometimes. That’s why it’s important to have people to turn to who understand the issues you’re facing. This course will allow you to build those relationships.


Get access to the full course for just $55

  • ➔ Four live webcasts (four contact hours)
  • ➔ Recorded replay of the entire course
  • ➔ Experiments and assignments to try in context
  • ➔ A safe space to connect, discuss, and share