ECCU Blog

by Mark Jones

I’m often asked questions by people who want to help someone in need through the church’s benevolence fund. It typically starts when a member of the congregation becomes aware of a need and wants to help meet it by making a contribution to the benevolence fund. The member intends for that donation to provide assistance to this needy individual or family. So how should you handle this type of situation to maintain compliance with IRS rules? [read more]

by Mark Jones

A good friend reminded me that today, November 19th is the 149th Anniversary of the Gettysburg address.  Less than 30% of the people of the United States in 1863 supported President Lincoln.  Over 95% of the newspapers in the United States, after the address was given, said, “…it is not worthy to read.”

 Take a few minutes to read this address which along with the Declaration of Independence are the keystones of American Philosophy: [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This is the final post in our series of email interviews with presenters for the upcoming 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries.

Dave Moja is a partner and national director of not-for-profit tax services with CapinCrouse LLP. He will discuss recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS), congressional, and court pronouncements. He’ll also talk about ministers’ payroll and unrelated business income as well as health care compliance issues. Here are Dave’s responses to my questions. [read more]

by Mark Jones

According to GuideStar’s recent survey of nonprofits, for the first 9 months of 2012, 34% of nonprofits reported an increase in donations while 37% reported a decline. These mixed results are attributed to the lasting effects of the Great Recession and slow economic recovery. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This is the fifth in our series of email interviews with presenters for the upcoming 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries.

Brian Kluth is former senior pastor of the First Evangelical Free Church in Colorado Springs, who commissioned him as a generosity minister-at-large to the global church, and founder of Maximum Generosity. He will appraise current funding realities in churches and ministries today and share best practices and resources that staff and leaders can use to inspire generosity and increase giving. Here are Brian’s responses to my questions. [read more]