by Alan Weisenberger

“The new pastoral candidate says he’ll take the job if we buy him a Mac instead of a PC.”

This is a dangerous way to start a blog, but it’s worth the risk, because ministry leaders are continually required to weigh personal preference against organizational need.

Technology decision makers who are truly looking out for their organizations’ best interests sometimes have to say “no” to good ideas. It can happen when someone—often a higher ranking someone—wants new software or a technology gadget that is sure to make them more efficient. So they ask, “Why can’t I just use the technology tools that work best for me?” [read more]

by Jac La Tour

This is the third in our series of email interviews with presenters for the upcoming 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries.

David Lee is a ministry development officer with ECCU. He will speak at all four forums about how to evaluate your ministry’s mission/money alignment and adjust spending to improve it. Here are David’s responses to my questions. [read more]

by Mark G. Holbrook

When people ask me, “What leaders have made the biggest impact in your life?” ECCU’s founding director, Dr. George Vouga, is always at the top of my list. His friendship, constant encouragement, mentoring, and life example of vision and faithfulness have inspired and challenged me over my entire career. His deep love for his wife Agnes was a powerful example of what it means to “love your wife even as Christ loves the church.”

Dr. Vouga entered into eternity with our Lord on Saturday, September 15, after 102 short years on this earth. George shared with me on more than one occasion the almost comical way ECCU came into existence: Back in 1964, when George was general director of the Conservative Baptist Association of Southern California, he was initially opposed to starting a credit union. He told his close friend, Dr. I. Cedric Peterson (pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Whittier and fellow Dallas Seminary classmate) that the Association had too many obligations on its plate and there wasn’t room for another major initiative. So Dr. Peterson proceeded to tell George that he would be at his office every week to pray that the Lord would change his mind. After some time, and week after week of Dr. Peterson praying earnestly on his knees in Dr.Vouga’s office, George freely admitted that the Lord did indeed change his mind—and heart. ECCU was launched in October of 1964—48 years ago. George became a champion for the credit union and his passionate support never waivered. I thank the Lord for George’s obedience and humble leadership at a time his rational mind was telling him “no way.” [read more]

by Jac La Tour

The conference title tells you that those planning Catalyst Atlanta 2012 are serious when they say it will be “a revolution of ideas where you’ll challenge the process and think unconventionally.” They’ve even produced a video to illustrate the point. The conference title—Make—is shorthand for The Making of a Leader. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Our friend Paul Clark, executive pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio, blogged recently about what makes up a healthy church. One metric he lists in 13 Measures of a Healthy Church is, “Leaders are being developed and placed in ministry roles.” Another is, “Our budgetary needs are being met.”

That one’s timely since you can still sign up for ECCU’s Advanced Budgeting webinar. It’s an hour long. It’s free. It’s tomorrow, August 23, at 10:00 a.m. (PT). Check out the details here.

Have you identified ways to measure the health of your ministry?