A key distinction between a financial cooperative like ECCU and other banking institutions is the difference between credit union members and bank customers: Customers simply conduct business at a bank. ECCU members don’t just bank at the credit union—they are the credit union. Because of this, our staff’s role is to partner with members to help them fulfill their missions. Ministry conferences are one good illustration of this distinction. We often work with member ministries and others to provide educational opportunities. In metaphorical terms, we see this as “fueling” ministry. [read more]
Our friend Paul Clark, executive pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio, blogged recently about what makes up a healthy church. One metric he lists in 13 Measures of a Healthy Church is, “Leaders are being developed and placed in ministry roles.” Another is, “Our budgetary needs are being met.”
Have you identified ways to measure the health of your ministry?
Today’s changing world brings increased risks to churches and nonprofits in the areas of finance, tax, legal, and operations. Responding well to change begins with a fuller understanding of these risks. CapinCrouse LLP and ECCU have teamed up to offer a series of financial seminars to help churches and nonprofits better steward the resources and people entrusted to their care.
These daylong seminars will be offered in three locations in October: [read more]
If you’d like to do a better job of budgeting for your ministry, there’s still time to register for the budgeting webinars being offered by ECCU. Here are the details: [read more]