ECCU Blog

by Mark Jones

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.

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by Jac La Tour

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]

by Alan Weisenberger

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]

by Mark Jones

According to a new survey published by the Barna Group, 79% of evangelicals have donated money in the past year, compared to 53% of born again non –evangelicals. Of those evangelicals who give, 66% give to their churches and 28% give to other non-profit organizations. [read more]

by Mark Jones

Did you know that we found a direct correlation between a ministry becoming financially distressed and maintaining adequate cash reserves? Certainly makes sense that if you have a buffer, your ministry is less likely to focus on survival. So why don’t more ministries maintain adequate reserves?

Just as in our personal lives, putting money aside takes intentionality and discipline. Helping a ministry understand why cash reserves are so important is a first step in this process. Here are the three main reasons a ministry needs to maintain cash reserves: [read more]