ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour

The first three Financial Forums for Ministry wrapped up yesterday. Ministries throughout California gathered together to get answers to their toughest financial questions from finance experts.

Ed Jones, an ECCU ministry development officer, attended the Livermore, CA event and offers us a look at what’s been happening via Twitter. Here are some highlights—ranging from loan renewals to fraud prevention—I learned from following his tweets: [read more]

by Jac La Tour

If you’re like me, you may feel like department stores jump the gun with all the Christmas carols and poinsettias appearing long before we carve the Thanksgiving turkey. In ministry, though, you know that preparing for the Christmas season starts long before December. And as you plan your pageants and programs, there’s one more good reason to think about December now: year-end giving. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

It’s been a few months since we launched this blog, and I’m sure I speak for all our bloggers when I say we’re glad we did. It’s been good for us to spend time each week talking about matters—financial and otherwise—that are important to ministry leaders.

But what do you think? How are we doing at meeting the goals we laid out there in July with that first blog? Those goals were that this blog would: [read more]

by Jac La Tour

I’ve spent the last two hours massaging my personal budget. Allocating expenses, transferring funds, setting goals—trust me when I tell you that writing this post is a welcome relief from juggling my finances. Isn’t that how it usually is? We would much rather focus on our interests, our passions, our calling, than on the funds that enable us to pursue them. [read more]

by Susan Rushing

According to Javelin Research’s 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report published in July, more than 11 million people were identity theft victims in 2009. Now there’s an overwhelming statistic. How can we stay vigilant while still enjoying the efficiencies and convenience made possible by online banking technology? [read more]