ECCU Blog

by Mark G. Holbrook

Has it ever occurred to you that we need to be patient about learning patience? In terms of challenges and disappointments, no other season of my life has been as difficult as the past couple of years. But God, in his goodness, is faithful to strengthen our faith and deepen our knowledge of Him even in times of trial—especially in times of trial.

So, it is in this season of difficulty that I am—by God’s grace—growing more patient. Leader to leader, I’d like to share with you what I’m learning. [read more]

by Mark G. Holbrook

I’d like to add to Mark Jones’ last post on the importance of transparency in your ministry. If you dig a little deeper into the practicalities of transparency, you find an important discipline: Accountability. And accountability is what U.S. Senate Finance Committee member Charles Grassley is after. [read more]

by Mark Jones

Back in late 2007, Senator Chuck Grassley wrote to six media-based ministries asking for responses to questions about ministry governance, expenses, and executive compensation. Interestingly, only two of the six ministries agreed to participate. While I’m sure the four ministries that didn’t respond believed it was the best decision, as someone “in the business” it troubles me that they may lack the transparency critical to operating a healthy ministry. [read more]

by Mark Jones

On December 16, 2010, Congress passed a major tax bill impacting ministries and their staff—including a significant change in payroll processing effective January 1, 2011. According to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), here is a summary of the impact of the Social Security tax cut: [read more]

by Jeremy Moore

What is the one area that we see derail more ministries than any other? I’m sure you’ve already guessed that it has little to do with macro economic conditions or the weather.

In good times and bad, the area that poses the greatest threat to ongoing success in ministry is a loss (or perceived loss) of integrity.

Here are three steps you can take to ensure that your ministry keeps—and strengthens—its financial integrity. [read more]