ECCU Blog

by Jac La Tour

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]

by Jac La Tour

Before mid-2008, most ministries had little trouble qualifying for financing. If they met a lender’s criteria, they were deemed a healthy borrower and it was simply a matter of time and paperwork before the needed funds were in hand.

Then the Great Recession hit, and when it was over, the definition of a “healthy borrower” had changed dramatically. I asked Mike Boblit, one of ECCU’s regional directors, a couple questions about this dramatic shift. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

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

Dave Moja is a partner and national director of not-for-profit tax services with CapinCrouse LLP. He will discuss recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS), congressional, and court pronouncements. He’ll also talk about ministers’ payroll and unrelated business income as well as health care compliance issues. Here are Dave’s responses to my questions. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

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

Brian Kluth is former senior pastor of the First Evangelical Free Church in Colorado Springs, who commissioned him as a generosity minister-at-large to the global church, and founder of Maximum Generosity. He will appraise current funding realities in churches and ministries today and share best practices and resources that staff and leaders can use to inspire generosity and increase giving. Here are Brian’s responses to my questions. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

Would you like to learn about important ministry financial issues like the impact of ethics on accounting and how to stay informed on legislative changes affecting ministries? What about fundraising best practices or the challenging task of aligning your ministry’s money and mission?

You can learn about these topics and network with other ministry leaders at the 2012 Financial Forum for Ministries in Colorado Springs on December 4, 2012. For the fifth consecutive year, ECCU is teaming up with CapinCrouse LLP to offer this event. [read more]