ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour

How do you decide if an event is worth your time? I usually start by asking people who’ve attended before. Since ECCU’s 2011 Financial Forum for Ministries is happening soon, I thought I’d save you some time by interviewing an alumnus.                                                                               

Jim Clark is the associate pastor of business and stewardship at the First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, California. Here’s our conversation about the upcoming Forum. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

I’ve blogged in the past about the tension that can develop between people who hold differing views about how to manage ministry finances. The topic can spark passionate discussion. It can also spark thoughtful guidance from ministry leaders like Henry Morris III, chief executive officer with the Institute for Creation Research. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Understanding tax guidelines for nonprofits and faith-based organizations can sometimes be complicated. That’s why we feel it is necessary to provide as many resources as possible.

The California State Board of Equalization and Cal State Fullerton are partnering to host a free tax seminar for nonprofit and faith-based organizations on July 12, 2011.

For more information and to register, click here.

by Mark Jones

Ministry organizations, including churches as well as missionaries, are required to report foreign accounts with aggregate balances that exceed $10,000 at any time during the calendar year to the Treasury Department by June 30. If you read my post several months ago, I wrote about this reporting requirement in detail.

Churches, which are not required to file IRS Form 990, are even required to report. So don’t think that because they are not required to file a tax return, they are exempt. And even if a ministry or missionary obtains a tax-filing extension, they are still required to file by June 30. The reason is that this reporting is not considered a part of a tax report or return.

For a useful flyer for missionary staff, see Publication 4261. Treasury Department Form TD F 90-22.1 is used for filing. For complete information on this topic, visit the IRS website.

by Jac La Tour

If your ministry is sending and supporting missionaries on the field, check out this upcoming webinar presented by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and Church Executive. 7 Key Issues to Properly Handle Missions Finances will cover topics like how to clearly communicate missions needs to givers, how to measure and fulfill the expectations of people who support missions, and how to handle the administrative responsibilities related to missions finances.

Presenters at this June 28, 2011 webinar include Dan Busby, ECFA president, Samantha Cave, McLean Bible Church global impact administrator, Pat Willow-Kulesza, Willow Creek Community Church’s director of international serving, and John Van Drunen, ECFA vice president.

Click here to register.