At church on Sunday, I heard about a missionary in Africa who dedicated his life to sharing the gospel with people who had never even heard the name of Jesus. Ultimately, his mission cost him his life. I was reminded—once again—of the calling we all have to make disciples, and of the awesome privilege we have at ECCU to participate in missions.
Looking back over the past year, we’ve had several opportunities to partner with our mission agency members and their missionaries in creative ways. [read more]
Year-end giving, healthcare legislation…these are just a couple of the things affecting your ministry this time of year. The way I see it, the more I understand how you’re affected by these changes, the better I—and the team here at ECCU—can help you manage the financial impact. [read more]
In between decking the halls and planning your Christmas Eve service, this time of year brings one additional task for many ministries: Finalizing your budget. Here are a few quick tips to simplify your budgeting process—and keep you in the holiday spirit—as you crunch the numbers: [read more]
I have always been a saver. Even as a child, I tucked away my allowance for a rainy day (making me quite popular when my siblings needed a loan). Recently, though, I read about a family who adopted a baby from China. The Lord laid it on their hearts to adopt, but they did not know where the money would come from. Then it dawned on them that they had a nice cushion of “emergency” funds set aside. What greater emergency is there than saving the life of a child, they reasoned. They stopped saving and started spending—whatever it took to bring that little girl home. [read more]
We’ve been talking more lately about how deposits at ECCU are used exclusively to support member ministries. One of those ministries is the Denver Rescue Mission (DRM). Here’s a story of how God used the DRM in a significant way over Thanksgiving.
The DRM is as close to the intersection of the economic downturn and increased physical needs as any ministry. Their programs provide life-sustaining support to hundreds of people every day. And if you caught the ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on November 19, you saw just how abundantly God provided for people’s needs through one DRM program—its annual turkey drive. [read more]