As you steward the financial resources entrusted to your ministry, one way to deter fraud is to establish internal controls around your checking account activities. Here are some best practices you should consider adopting: [read more]
My mother is selling her vacation home in Palm Desert. It isn’t used often, and the maintenance is becoming a burden. Over the years, she has amassed a lot of treasures in that home; now she needs to downsize and let go of many of them. As she was struggling over deciding what to keep, she realized, “If everything is a treasure, nothing is.” [read more]
Hackers never seem to tire of devising ingenious ways to inflict mayhem. An alarming new threat has emerged known as “Spear Phishing.” This phishing technique uses a personalized email message that’s designed to pique your interest. It might be a conference invite, an invoice, or a missions support plea.
Spear phishing messages, which appear genuine and often convey a sense of urgency, are ruses to get you to provide sensitive information (such as your login and password) or entice you to click on a link that contains an infectious virus. Often, these email “spears” pass through SPAM filters because they appear to be legitimate. [read more]
I was in a meeting the other day when one of my coworkers received a text message on her cell phone from the bank where her daughter, a college sophomore, has an account. She looked at her phone and commented, “It looks like there’s some strange activity on my daughter’s account.” [read more]
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
Some of my best work experiences have revolved around collaboration and partnership, when I have been able not only to bring my own talents but also benefit from others bringing theirs. Through partnership, I have experienced greater productivity and more creativity, which in turn has led to greater engagement and satisfaction with my work. [read more]