ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour


It’s easy to think that identity theft happens to other people, until you become one of the other people. Then the nightmare begins.

One source estimates that 10 percent of Americans have had their identities stolen, costing them an average of $5,000 and requiring over 300 hours to recover from the theft. [read more]

by Mark Jones


The law is clear—as a banker, I’m legally responsible to watch out for financial abuse of older adults. The Bible is also clear—as a follower of Jesus, I’m to watch out for widows and those in need. So, it is important that those of us who work in the financial end of our ministries know how to protect those in our congregation or ministry who are older, have disabilities, or for other reasons might be susceptible to financial abuse. [read more]

by Mark Jones

Online banking has become my primary means of managing funds and account information for all my corporate and personal accounts. It has become such a normal way of banking that I can’t imagine managing our accounts without it. [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

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]