by Jac La Tour

 “If you can attend only one conference this year, Summit is it.  Join us and others who care deeply about adoption, foster care, local church ministries, and global orphan care to learn…real solutions that reflect the heart of God. It will transform your church, your ministry, your family and your life. If you want to show the world God’s love, begin with orphans.”

—Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church

More than 2,000 adoptive and foster parents, pastors, orphan advocates, and other Christian leaders from across America and beyond will gather at Saddleback Church in Southern California May 3–4, 2012 for the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ National Summit. [read more]

by Susan Rushing

My mother is selling her vacation home in Palm Desert. It isn’t used often, and the maintenance is becoming a burden. Over the years, she has amassed a lot of treasures in that home; now she needs to downsize and let go of many of them. As she was struggling over deciding what to keep, she realized, “If everything is a treasure, nothing is.” [read more]

by Mark Jones

A finding in the 2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff indicated that more churches operated in the black in 2011 than in 2010. While that is encouraging, I was alarmed by the percentage of churches that still spend more than they take in.

Across the United States, the percentage of churches spending more than their income ranges from 22 percent (in the Pacific and New England regions) to 36 percent (East-South Central region). That means somewhere between a quarter to a third of churches are spending more than their income. Doesn’t that sound really high? [read more]

by Susan Rushing

Hackers never seem to tire of devising ingenious ways to inflict mayhem. An alarming new threat has emerged known as “Spear Phishing.” This phishing technique uses a personalized email message that’s designed to pique your interest. It might be a conference invite, an invoice, or a missions support plea.

Spear phishing messages, which appear genuine and often convey a sense of urgency, are ruses to get you to provide sensitive information (such as your login and password) or entice you to click on a link that contains an infectious virus. Often, these email “spears” pass through SPAM filters because they appear to be legitimate. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

If you’re like me, last week’s bank card breach involving Global Payments prompted a question: “Was my card affected?” While the odds of the answer being “yes” are small—just a fraction of the billion or so cards in use in North America were affected by the breach—the thought of nearly 1.5 million cards being compromised is still alarming.

We received an alert from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) this week that says, in the wake of this card breach, you’re wise to be vigilant about card security. [read more]