by Jac La Tour

When I called up Jackie Vance, Chief Financial Officer of Harbor Church in San Diego, to ask her about multi-site churches, I told her I was just a beginner on the subject. “Don’t worry,” she replied, “Most people don’t know much about church plants, including those planting them!”

But if anyone knows the ins and outs of multi-sites, it’s Jackie. Harbor Church has eight church plants, with one more coming this year. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

If your ministry is sending and supporting missionaries on the field, check out this upcoming webinar presented by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and Church Executive. 7 Key Issues to Properly Handle Missions Finances will cover topics like how to clearly communicate missions needs to givers, how to measure and fulfill the expectations of people who support missions, and how to handle the administrative responsibilities related to missions finances.

Presenters at this June 28, 2011 webinar include Dan Busby, ECFA president, Samantha Cave, McLean Bible Church global impact administrator, Pat Willow-Kulesza, Willow Creek Community Church’s director of international serving, and John Van Drunen, ECFA vice president.

Click here to register.

by Jac La Tour

You’re going to speak to your congregation about money. What do you say and not say?  Jamie Munson, lead pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, wrestles through this question and more in a recent XPastor article, How to Talk about Money in Church. “The ultimate goal is not to make budget, save for a new building, or employ staff,” Munson says. “We want our church to give because we want our church to worship Jesus. Therefore, the gospel must precede the ask. Preach the grace, goodness, and generosity of God in Jesus Christ, and then explain how the Bible instructs us to respond in part through giving.” He goes on to discuss “some of the most frequent questions and arguments about giving I’ve encountered as a pastor, along with how I might respond.”  

What’s your experience? How do you talk about money with your congregation or donors?

by Jac La Tour

Matt Weidler, an ECCUemployee, was awarded a $10,000 check for having a brilliant idea — accessing ATMs using a cell phone. Matt was announced the winner of the CO-OP THINK prize on May 17 at the annual THINK Conference in Anaheim, CA. 

Read more about Matt’s winning idea by going to the CO-OP THINK website and clicking on 2011 Winner

What do you think of Matt’s idea?

by Jac La Tour

We talk a lot about the importance of maintaining adequate cash reserves here at ECCU, but every once in a while, we’re reminded that cash reserves is part of a larger kingdom picture. 

A recent Credit Union Times article, “Tuscaloosa Church New Beneficiary of CU Drive,” highlighted a ministry that was able to assist their community “without any administrative overhead.” After helping nearly 40 families find new homes after an April 27 tornado, Calvary Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, AL was chosen to receive $50,000 in funds from nearby Corporate America Credit Union. So God provided financial resources for future ministry after the church had demonstrated a commitment to live out their mission. 

Tell us about a time when God enabled your ministry to meet a need without the use of overhead.