ECCU Blog

by Mark Jones

 
Over the past couple hundred years, the practice of giving a love offering has evolved with the diverse history and traditions of America’s Christian community. In fact, the term “love offering” predates the enactment of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and does not appear in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). However, the giving of love offerings has produced a number of cases on which the IRS has ruled. [read more]

by John Campbell


Here’s a thought. All kinds of people are thinking about giving at Christmas and year-end, especially generous, kingdom-minded people. Of course the competition for givers’ attention is stiff during December. Retailers, movie studios, and sports leagues save their best stuff for the Christmas season. So why not pull in your most creative team and brainstorm some ideas that might inspire your people to give? [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Should churches pay attention to organizations like the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF)? Based on a recent court ruling, the answer is emphatically yes. [read more]

by Jac La Tour


Byron, like a lot of people, found that his vocational journey looks nothing like he expected. When he was studying music in college, he’d never heard of an “implementation systems representative.” Today he is one. [read more]

by Mark Jones


The law is clear—as a banker, I’m legally responsible to watch out for financial abuse of older adults. The Bible is also clear—as a follower of Jesus, I’m to watch out for widows and those in need. So, it is important that those of us who work in the financial end of our ministries know how to protect those in our congregation or ministry who are older, have disabilities, or for other reasons might be susceptible to financial abuse. [read more]