by Mark Jones

In a survey by the Association of Financial Professionals, 98% of financial professionals say that the safety of principal is their organization’s most important short-term investment objective. Yield is second. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

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]

by Jac La Tour

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.”

That one’s timely since you can still sign up for ECCU’s Advanced Budgeting webinar. It’s an hour long. It’s free. It’s tomorrow, August 23, at 10:00 a.m. (PT). Check out the details here.

Have you identified ways to measure the health of your ministry?

by Jac La Tour

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]

by Jac La Tour

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]