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.

Our next opportunity to fuel ministry is at the WFX Conference and Expo inAtlanta(Sept. 19–21). The conference’s ambitious theme is: “Preparing churches of all sizes to meet evolving leadership, technology, and facility needs.” ECCU will help deliver on that theme by presenting two educational sessions, one featuring the senior pastor of an Atlanta-area church and the other featuring generosity expert Brian Kluth.

ECCU Regional Director Jeremy Moore will present one of the conference’s hands-on training sessions. His session, How to Increase Giving in Any Economy, is scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Co-presenting with him will be Stan Lester, senior pastor of Crosspointe Church in Dalton, Georgia.

Kluth will co-present with Moore at an educational, invitation-only breakfast hosted by ECCU. They will discuss Purchasing and Financing Existing Facilities Today. Ministry leaders who attend will be eligible to win a new iPad®, as will conference attendees who register at ECCU’s booth in the conference expo. (For the complete Official Rules*, visit

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

*OFFICIAL RULES SUMMARY: NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN. EACH SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY WILL HAVE AN EQUAL CHANCE OF WINNING. The iPad® Breakfast sweepstakes ends on Sept. 20, 2012, at the end of the breakfast; the iPad® Booth sweepstakes ends on Sept. 21, 2012, at conference closing. See the “Consumer Disclosure” section of the Official Rules for odds of winning. Only one entry permitted per person. By entering this drawing, you agree to be bound to the Official Rules. For the complete Official Rules, visit Apple® is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.

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