ECCU Blog

by Mark Jones

Does your pastor receive fees directly from individuals or families for performing marriages, funerals, or baptism services? If so, are these fees for professional service considered taxable income to the minister? [read more]

by Mark Jones

 I was saddened to read some stats recently showing that fraud in the church costs more each year than what is given to missions. The numbers were $35 billion in fraud in 2012 and $23 billion given to global foreign missions. How can this be true and what can we do to combat fraud? [read more]

by Mark Jones

The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations just published their report, which was presented last week to Senator Charles Grassley. The report is based on two years of work by 80 nonprofit, tax, and legal experts and leaders, including ECCU President/CEO Mark G. Holbrook. It promotes solutions to key policy issues related to financial accountability in the religious and broader nonprofit sector.

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) led the effort to form the Commission and has made the 94 page report available for review. [read more]

by Mark Jones

An area often overlooked at ministries is the review and approval of senior leaders’ expenses. While we tend to trust our leaders’ integrity, small mistakes or outright abuse can lead to questions and mistrust by donors and diminish the reputation of your ministry. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Besides someone who attended a past Financial Forum for Ministries, presenters for the upcoming forum are in the best position to tell you what to expect. So I asked them. Actually, I emailed three questions to each presenter for the 2012 forum. We’ll publish their responses over the next few weeks.


First up is John Thornton, professor and Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics at Azusa Pacific University. He will speak at each of the four 2012 forums about the impact of ethics on accounting. Here are John’s responses. [read more]