The way a ministry builds its budget has significant impact on how successfully the ministry lives out its mission. For larger ministries, the need for budgets to be built strategically and aligned missionally is crucial. The question is how. How do you build this kind of budget? [read more]
If I’m looking for answers to the question above, I’m going one place first…for two reasons. That place is the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).
One reason is because ECFA President Dan Busby and Vice President John Van Drunen are experts on matters like this. The other reason is because I have the privilege of addressing this topic with Dan and John in an upcoming ECFA webinar.
To lay some groundwork for our webinar discussion, I emailed these two experts a couple questions related to the topic. Here’s how they responded. [read more]
It can be challenging to stay abreast of legal and legislative changes affecting your ministry. What, for example, are you to make of recent legislation passed by Congress to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff?
To find out, I emailed a few questions to Dave Moja, partner and national director of not-for-profit services with CapinCrouse LLP. Here’s how he responded. [read more]
When I visited the Rock Church in San Diego a few years ago, the first person I met was their receptionist. After she greeted me, I asked her to tell me what they were all about. “We’re a do something church,” she quickly replied. Are they ever! A year ago they invested the equivalent of 100 full-time people (235,000 volunteer hours) serving their city. [read more]
Before the economic downturn, many churches thought that growing attendance translated into greater giving. And often, it did. So lenders were inclined to look at attendance growth when evaluating how much new debt a church could handle.
But what has the recession taught us? Is this a valid criterion for determining the loan size a church can handle today? To find out, I asked Jeremy Moore, one of ECCU’s regional directors, a couple questions. [read more]