Finding Hope and Help for the Overwhelmed Church Financial Manager

ECFA Partners with Experienced Church Leaders on Innovative Solutions

“Lonely…frustrated…and overwhelmed.”

These are just a few of the words that capture how pastors and church leaders often feel when it comes to administering the “business” aspects of the church—areas like budgeting, financial oversight, and seemingly ever-changing laws and regulations.

But what if things were different? What if there were resources for churches to meet these pressing issues? What if they were clearly communicated and easy to apply? What if the church’s budget for these resources was not a factor?

This is the bold vision embraced by ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) with the launch of—a free portal now updated each month to help church leaders overcome these challenges with confidence and pour their focus into fulfilling the Great Commission.

Through ChurchEXCEL, subscribers can now experience a variety of innovative tools and training, including an online Knowledge Center, Webinars, Courses, Podcasts, and more. Thanks to the generosity of ECFA and a grant from Lilly Endowment, these resources (worth over $500 per year) are available at no cost to churches.

“These significant resources will instill hope and offer help for thousands of churches as they grapple with governance, financial management, and gift administration issues,” said Dan Busby, ECFA President.

To develop biblical, practical, and relevant resources of the highest quality, ECFA has enlisted a phenomenal advisory committee of 12 leaders across the body of Christ who bring a wealth of expertise and have a passion for the church:

  • Erika Cole, Managing Partner, Law Offices of Erika Cole
  • Rollie Dimos, Internal Audit Director, General Council of the Assemblies of God
  • David Fletcher, Executive Pastor, EvFree Fullerton, and Founder,
  • Lisa Fort, Senior Tax Manager, Plante Moran
  • Gary Hoag, Generosity Monk
  • Jennifer Neal, Director of Finance, College Park Church
  • Mark Rennaker, Director of Thrive Financial Initiative, The Wesleyan Church
  • Patricia Shelton, Church and Nonprofit Consultant
  • Handel Smith, Chief Domestic Officer, Church of God Ministries
  • Lisa Stewart, Chief Financial Officer, Celebration Church of Jacksonville
  • Emily Ver Steeg, Church Administrator, Crossroads Fellowship Church
  • Glenn Wood, Pastor of Administration, Seacoast Church

Word about ChurchEXCEL is spreading quickly as hundreds of churches have already begun enjoying the benefits since the subscription portal launched in April 2017.

For your free subscription or to share this exciting news with a friend, visit

ECFA offers special ChurchEXCEL partnership opportunities for denominations and associations. Contact Tracy Weber, ECFA Director of Church Engagement (, 800-323-9473) for more information.

ECFA ChurchEXCEL Advisory Committee