by Mark Jones

With so many news reports about continued economic trouble in Europe, China, and other parts of the world, public opinion shows deepening economic concern among Americans, which is affecting charitable giving.

According to results of an April 2012 survey published today by the Barna Group, 41 percent of Americans have reduced donations to non-profit organizations. For churches, 34 percent of Americans have reduced donations; 11 percent have stopped giving to their churches altogether. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Devastating wildfires around Colorado Springs have destroyed 300 homes, endangered church and ministry facilities, and displaced thousands of people. Hundreds of ECCU members have been affected, with many still at risk. Please pray as ECCU members and staff respond.

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CO Fire
Colorado wildfires rage on the horizon in this photo taken on Tuesday, June 26, just two blocks from ECCU’s Colorado Regional Office by Vice President Gary Kehr.

by Jac La Tour

Ministry leaders, church business administrators, and financial decision makers near Sacramento and Livermore have two opportunities to network and learn together in July.

National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) Chapter Meeting

Join other Sacramento-area church business administrators and financial decision makers for lunch, a presentation on church financial health, and a roundtable discussion. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Members and staff from Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) will bring their “Investing in Ministry”® mindset to the 2012 National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, this summer. Networking and educational workshops presented by peers and experts will provide ample opportunity to contribute and grow during the conference, which is being held July 10–14 this year.

Conference attendees who register at ECCU’s booth in the conference exhibit hall will be eligible to win a new iPad®. (For the complete Official Rules*, visit

Are you going to the NACBA conference? You can learn more and register at

by Jac La Tour

One of many lessons ministries have learned in recent years is the importance of cash reserves—having funds available when you need them. Without adequate reserves, the pursuit of your ministry’s mission may be in jeopardy.

A free ECCU webinar recording—Cash Reserves: Why you need them. How to build them.—can help. [read more]