by Jac La Tour

Despite the economic challenges of the past few years, some ministries were actually able to boost giving during the recession. Three of them, all ECCU member ministries, were recently featured in a webinar titled Proven Ways to Increase Giving to Your Ministry. A recording of this webinar is now available online.

Watch this free recording and you will hear what these ministries did to generate more revenue. You’ll also discover how to manage finances in ways that free up more for ministry. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

There are three ways to communicate. You can tell people something. You can show them. Or you can do both. A couple days ago I told you that ECCU is presenting a panel discussion workshop at the upcoming Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) National Conference. It’s called How to Build a Better Budget. I also told you that the panelists know whereof they speak when it comes to ministry budgeting.

Starting with today’s post, I’d like to show you that these people know their numbers. How? I emailed three questions to each one of them and asked them to respond from their ministry and financial perspective. Consider this a preview of the richness of the discussion you’ll get to experience by attending this workshop.

First up is Billy Burnett, executive vice president and CFO with Joni and Friends. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

If you attended the recent ECCU webinar Proven Ways to Increase Giving to Your Ministry, you heard about a group of ministry leaders who gathered at a church in the San Diego area for a simulcast of the event. They spent some time networking before the webinar started, then enjoyed lunch together afterward and talked about what they had learned.

One who joined that group was Aaron Jayne, senior pastor at Coastline Church in Carlsbad, California. Coming out of the simulcast experience, Aaron immediately applied some of the concepts and ideas in an article for their church’s online newsletter. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Now is a good time to be thinking about next year’s budget, for at least two reasons. One is that, depending on your fiscal year, there’s probably plenty of time before you actually have to start budgeting. The other is that a session at the upcoming Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) National Conference can help you prepare for that budgeting process. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

An upcoming lunch meeting of the Sacramento chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) offers church business administrators and financial decision makers an opportunity to learn about how to hire the right people.

After a networking time and lunch, attendees will watch a Summit video on “Healthy Hiring” and dialogue during a round table discussion facilitated by Dave Schottky, church administrator with Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church.

This event is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Fair Oaks, California (11427 Fair Oaks Boulevard).

Reserve your spot by emailing Dave Schottky at To learn more, visit