by Jac La Tour

Wouldn’t it be great if we never had to worry about dishonesty in the church? Unfortunately, the church is not exempt from becoming the victim of wrongdoing. That’s why it is important to take appropriate measures to ensure that your church isn’t thrust into a negative spotlight resulting in a lost testimony to the world.

Keith Hamilton’s article 10 Ways to Prevent the Embezzlement of Church Funds outlines ten practical and easy to implement steps. From conducting an annual financial review to tracking giving patterns over time, Hamilton illustrates how your church can practice good financial accountability.

What steps is your church taking to prevent embezzlement and other types of fraud?

by Jac La Tour

Once a disaster happens, time to prepare is gone. All you can do is cope. 

Recent massive earthquakes around the world, in particular along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” remind us at ECCU of the possibility of a significant quake in Southern California. Wise ministries, businesses, and individuals will respond to this possibility by preparing to meet their initial needs until outside assistance arrives, because, as we have seen in Japan and other disaster areas, help may not come for days or even weeks.  [read more]

by Jac La Tour

No one likes to think of the words “fraud” and “church” as having anything to do with one another. Most church leaders probably tremble at the mere thought. Others may shrug and say, “That would never happen in my church.” Unfortunately, the church is not exempt from fraud.

Join Vonna Laue, CPA and partner with Capin Crouse, LLP and John Van Drunen, ECFA vice president and legal counsel, for a 60-minute webinar as they discuss Reducing Fraud in the Church. They will provide important proactive steps your church can take to prevent fraud.

What steps are you taking to prevent fraud in your church?

by Jeremy Moore

The unemployment rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent in March and companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began according to the Associated Press.

Stats like this don’t mean much on their own. My goal today is to help put them in context and begin to help your ministry better understand the general economic conditions that ultimately have a very real impact on the finances of each and every church. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

The best way to cure an illness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Maintaining your ministry’s good financial health is the first step in preventing a “church financial heart attack.”

On Thursday, April 14, 2011, ECCU Ministry Development Officer David Lee will present a free webinar titled Church Financial Health: A Lender’s Perspective. We asked David to tell us more. [read more]