ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour


If you work on the business side of church ministry, you’ve probably heard of Matt Branaugh (Managing Your Church) and David Fletcher (XPastor). We don’t link to many other blogs or resources, but we link to theirs. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

It’s a common tension for churches. Too many needs…too few resources. But what if there were a way to actually identify and meet more and more of the needs in your city? One pastor, Miles McPherson at the Rock Church in San Diego, says it’s possible, so we asked him to explain how. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

An upcoming “lunch-and-learn” event with the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) offers church business administrators and financial decision makers a valuable learning and networking opportunity.

In addition to a complimentary lunch and time to network with ministry peers, you’ll hear the latest church legal and tax updates from attorney and CPA Frank Sommerville, one of the nation’s top experts on non-profit tax and legal issues.

This event is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mariners Church in Irvine, California (5001 Newport Coast Drive).

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by emailing Michael Welles at mwelles@calvarylife.org. To learn more, visit www.eccu.org/oc-nacba-lunch.

by Jac La Tour

With political candidates now campaigning in earnest and ballot propositions being developed, churches once again face the tension of whether or how to address political issues. In this context, Richard Hammar’s recent brief article titled “The Value of Tax-Exempt Status” in online ChurchLawandTax.com is worth reading. 

Hammar, a leading specialist in legal and tax issues affecting churches, lists 13 consequences of churches that lose their tax-exempt status. Among them: “Donors no longer could deduct charitable contributions they make to the church.” 

How does your church work through questions of whether or how to become politically active?

by Bethany Plumb

If your church is growing—and growing—you are probably headed in one of two directions: Embracing the “small church” to “big church” culture change, or starting a church plant.

Jackie Vance, CFO at Harbor Church in San Diego (with eight church plants), talked about some of the challenges church plants face in last month’s post Managing the Money and Other Realities of a Multi-Site Church. I asked Jackie about the perks of a multi-site approach, and why Harbor Church was intentional from the beginning about growing in this way. [read more]