ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour

When I called up Jackie Vance, Chief Financial Officer of Harbor Church in San Diego, to ask her about multi-site churches, I told her I was just a beginner on the subject. “Don’t worry,” she replied, “Most people don’t know much about church plants, including those planting them!”

But if anyone knows the ins and outs of multi-sites, it’s Jackie. Harbor Church has eight church plants, with one more coming this year. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

You’re going to speak to your congregation about money. What do you say and not say?  Jamie Munson, lead pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, wrestles through this question and more in a recent XPastor article, How to Talk about Money in Church. “The ultimate goal is not to make budget, save for a new building, or employ staff,” Munson says. “We want our church to give because we want our church to worship Jesus. Therefore, the gospel must precede the ask. Preach the grace, goodness, and generosity of God in Jesus Christ, and then explain how the Bible instructs us to respond in part through giving.” He goes on to discuss “some of the most frequent questions and arguments about giving I’ve encountered as a pastor, along with how I might respond.”  

What’s your experience? How do you talk about money with your congregation or donors?

by Jac La Tour

Whether pastors should know what their members give is a touchy subject. In a past post, Doug Roller of Grace Church of Orange, Brian Kluth, former senior pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, CO, and Joe Ward of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Mansfield, TX weighed in. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

I like to scour the Web for posts or articles that might help ministry leaders make wise decisions. Since I work for a credit union, I usually find myself on finance-oriented websites or blogs. But this week I found something compelling on Paul Clark’s blog that I thought churches (I know, I owe non-church ministries a post, too) might want to read. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This one is for all the churches out there. We just read a great blog post over at blog.yourchurch.net (a great resource for church leaders). Having experienced two consecutive years of financial upheaval, many churches (and other ministries) are thinking ahead to 2011. But what does 2011 hold? [read more]