by Jac La Tour

Another great resource is on the horizon. Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) is sponsoring a 60-minute webinar titled Church Law Update featuring Richard Hammar as presenter.

Richard Hammar is senior editor of the Church Law and Tax Report and Church Finance Today newsletters and legal counsel to the Assemblies of God. He is recognized among the nation’s top church attorneys and is also a CPA known for his church legal and tax materials.

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

To learn more or to register, visit ECFA’s web page.

by Jac La Tour

An elder or usher or staff member at your church voluntarily confesses to embezzling church funds. How do you respond?

“In some church embezzlement cases, a person who has stolen church funds will voluntarily confess—usually out of a fear that he or she is about to be caught. Often, the embezzler will confess in order to prevent the church from turning the case over to the IRS, the police, or to a CPA firm. Embezzlers believe they will receive better treatment from their own church than from the government.”

This excerpt is from a recent Your Church blog by legal expert Richard R. Hammar, who tackles this thorny question objectively and biblically. To learn more, check out “If an Embezzler Confesses.”

How would your church respond?

by Mark G. Holbrook

We don’t know how to pray. The Bible is clear about that (Romans 8:26). But God, in his goodness, not only gives his Spirit to intercede for us, but also provides us with precepts on prayer in his Word. [read more]

by Mark Jones

I think I’m a pretty smart person and shopper, and I’m always on the lookout for good value for my money. I also like to think of myself as a shrewd steward. Sometimes these ways of viewing myself conflict with each other.

When I’m looking for good value for my money, typically I’m looking for what’s in my best interest. After all, who else is going to look out for me? I do many of the things I’ve been taught, read about, or seen others do including comparison shopping, belonging to warehouse clubs, shopping online, and even recently using my phone to compare prices. All this to say, I’m trying to practice “a penny saved is a penny earned.” [read more]

by Jac La Tour

If you’ve ever attended one of Dr. David Fletcher’s XPastor seminars or conferences, you’ve benefited from the practical information and expertise they deliver. On Monday, September 19, ECCU is hosting one of two 2011 XPastor staffing workshops this fall. The title is “Hiring, Transitioning and Honing Church Staff.” It’s an affordable all-day workshop featuring David Lyons, president of Minister Search. [read more]