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Oriented Metrics; Results-Based Management vs RelationshipBased Management; and a Utilitarian View of Resources vs a Stewardship View of Resources. Every church and every ministry has to effectively deal with common issues like boards & committees, generating revenue, leading staff & volunteer teams, and managing organisational administration and obligations. The temptation is to simply apply ‘Common path’ tools and strategies – like what might work in business, or even in secular charities – but, according to Hoag and Willmer, this ‘common path’ approach fails subtly, but importantly, in organisations that are Christ-focused. With a combined seven hours of input over the two conference days, there will be plenty of opportunity to unpack these important topics in greater depth. Apart from their input on these topics, Gary Hoag will be wearing an additional hat at the CMA Conference: that of International Liaison for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). For many years in the USA, ECFA has been accrediting Christian churches and organisations, large and small, with a ‘Seal of Accountability’ for those that meet their published standards. This ‘ECFA Seal’ has become a valuable tool for gaining the confidence of donors, who look for this seal as evidence that a church or charity is operating in accordance with widely held standards about organisational governance, fundraising, and financial oversight.

Over the last eighteen months, similar Christian organisations have begun to emerge in various countries where ministry accountability is of growing importance, and CMA is delighted to announce that an Australian adaptation of ECFA, the CMA Standards Council, will be launched at the conference. Gary Hoag, officially representing ECFA, will be signifying the relationship between ECFA and the CMA Standards Council with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations.

We already have donors and foundations telling us that they will be using the CMA Standards Council directory, and seal, as the first step of their due-diligence donor research.

A third purpose is simply to demonstrate, to the wider Australian community, that Christian organisations have nothing to hide, and are willing to take the lead in being open and honest about their organisational behaviour. As Christian churches and organisations, we are, in a very real way, custodians of God’s The newly appointed Executive reputation. If we conduct our Director of the CMA Standards Council, Stephen Kerr, will be ministries in ways that are illegal, giving a plenary address, and or unethical, or deceptive, we can then convening a plenary panel cause onlookers to think poorly comprised of donors, charities, and of God, and destroy our public the Australian Charities and Not- witness. for-Profits Commission. Further elective sessions will explore these These are just a couple of highlights from CMA’s fourteenth annual standards in more detail. conference. 300+ delegates are The CMA Standards Council once again expected to attend this has been created for several two-day professional development purposes. One purpose is to raise event for church, ministry and the standards of organisational behaviour in Christian ministries, Christian business leaders. Over by giving them a set of external forty different topics and speakers standards to aim for. Many are scheduled over the two days, organisations have asked CMA for to address a myriad of leadership this over the years, and finally we and management questions that will be able to point to a simple are relevant for ensuring that yet well-grounded set of standards our organisations are effective in and behaviours that organisations pursuing the ministry that God MUST meet in order to wear has called us to. But we don’t just the CMA Standards Council want to be effective in ‘common’ Accredited seal. terms – we want to be effective on Another purpose is to give the God’s terms! We want to hear Him Christian donor community say, ‘Well done, good and faithful some tools to find well-governed servant’! and financially accountable www.cma.net.au/conference churches and ministries to support. www.mychristiandaily.com.au | 13

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