by Jac La Tour

Need to take your ministry fundraising to the next level? Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) is hosting the four-day Christian Nonprofit Leadership Academy in Denver, CO September 20–24, 2011.

Fundraising and management courses include:

  • Biblical Foundations for Development
  • Major Donor Development
  • Social Media Strategies: Building High-Value Donor Relationships
  • Tax and Legal Issues for Christian Nonprofits
  • Fundraising Planning in a New Economy

For more information, or to register for the academy, click here.

by Jac La Tour

Stewardship in ministry is not an option; it is a responsibility. Christian Stewardship Network (CSN) is hosting a workshop in Lake Forest, CA at Saddleback Church on September 20–21, 2011 that will focus on developing and enhancing the local church stewardship ministry.

The mission of CSN is to “connect stewardship pastors and leaders and help them be the absolute best they can be.”

For more information, or to register for the workshop, click here.

by Jac La Tour

If you’re in Southern California, an upcoming seminar may be of interest to you and your ministry.

The California State Board of Equalization is presenting a free tax seminar for nonprofit and faith-based organizations at the UC Riverside Extension Center. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

The headline of a recent video story appearing on says, “Credit unions keep perks, banks won’t.” In an interview with reporter Poppy Harlow, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President and CEO Bill Cheney confirms that, unlike many banks, most credit unions are not raising fees and cutting benefits. When asked if he thinks doing so is “a sustainable model” for credit unions, he was emphatic. [read more]

by Jeremy Moore

Here we go again…

The last few weeks have stirred old fears and created some new ones about the ongoing outlook for our economy. The S&P downgrade of U.S. government debt and the ensuing market reaction have heightened concern that we may be in for a double dip or that the growth of the economy could stall in the foreseeable future. It looks like we are in for a long, slow recovery, perhaps longer and slower than once hoped, with unemployment not expected to drop below 8% before 2013.

So what is the one thing your church can work on now to be better prepared for whatever the economy holds in the coming year? [read more]