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]
When I was a kid, my mom always put vegetables on my plate, and I couldn’t leave the table until I ate them. When peas (which I hated) were on the menu, I’d eat everything else first. Then, when I was tired of waiting to go outside and play, I’d plug my nose, take some big bites, and choke them down. [read more]
Values that I hold as essential have been shaped by a number of sources; parents, work, friends, church and by the Bible. But the values I live by may not be the same values that others in my organization or finance area share. So I have found it important that we externalize the shared values we hold as a group of individuals who are committed to the functioning of our finance area.
Any conversation about funding your ministry’s vision will naturally focus on the best ways to meet the ministry’s financial needs. But according to Greg Ring, co-founder of Fulcrum Philanthropy Systems, one funding option—planned giving—is also a way to serve your donors.
To better understand how, I asked Greg a few questions. [read more]
I got a great deal on my first major data cable installation. But I was hiring people to fix it right up until we moved out of that building ten years later. Advice from experts can spare us lessons like this, but choose your source of expertise wisely:
Your admin assistant’s brother-in-law’s dentist’s cousin. Look hard enough and you’ll probably find a volunteer (or volunteered) person who’s willing to donate their expertise. Your challenge is to assess their abilities and whether they fit your needs. Some questions to ponder: [read more]