ECCU Blog

by Mark Jones

Budgeting is often seen as a necessary evil. It should never be. One big lesson from the Great Recession is that bad budgeting can lead your ministry to the brink of failure.

Conversely, the process of building a good budget is essential for ministry success. Without a good budget to guide the use of limited financial resources, too many “good” opportunities can distract you from your ministry’s mission.

Here are three key principles that can help you budget better: [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Have you attended a Financial Forum for Ministries in the past? If so, you’ve experienced the benefits of this unique event. With the 2012 forums fast approaching, I asked Jeremy Moser, who has attended the past couple of years, a few questions about why it’s a good investment of time. Jeremy is the CFO at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Here’s what he had to say. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

The conference title tells you that those planning Catalyst Atlanta 2012 are serious when they say it will be “a revolution of ideas where you’ll challenge the process and think unconventionally.” They’ve even produced a video to illustrate the point. The conference title—Make—is shorthand for The Making of a Leader. [read more]

by Mark Jones

I wonder how many ministries had to replace their air conditioning systems during this summer of record-breaking heat. Maybe yours is one of them. 

Did you have enough liquid funds to cover that expense, or did you have to come up with those funds another way? Maybe a special fundraising effort, a loan from your financial institution, or “borrowing” funds from another area of ministry? [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. 

So how can you effectively disciple people who have significant financial resources in matters of generosity and stewardship? How can you engage their hearts and help them catch a vision for your church’s mission? [read more]