One voice. One magnificent story. Listen. Dwell on these things. Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!
Thank you for another year of partnering in ministry with the EFCA. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
Registration opens January 2 for Challenge Conference 2014. Get ready for this catalytic youth conference! Challenge will take place July 6-10 in Kansas City, and more information can be found on the web site!
Year-end gifts to the EFCA national office, whether to the National Ministries Fund or to Global Vision Partners, are needed to help us glorify God by multiplying transformational churches among all people. Through your generosity and God’s favor, the EFCA will do our part to transform lives, families, churches and communities – in our nation and around the world. Consider the various ways of giving! Thank you.
The EFCA will process stock gifts and pass the proceeds directly to your church.
Given the run-up in the stock market over the past several years, many ministry friends may have invested in individual stocks that have grown in value. Such individuals will receive a double tax benefit if they choose to gift appreciated stock to ministry instead of writing a check. Interested? Read our Giving Stock Brochure or contact Lisa Theurer or Lanny Harris at (800) 745-2202.
FCMM Benefits & Retirement offers group insurance that provides affordable income protection for your church staff in the event of disability. We offer the unique ability to cover pastor’s housing allowance as a part of that income protection, a spousal disability rider – and now, $10,000 of life insurance automatically. If your church is already participating through payroll deduction by staff members and any of them previously waived coverage, December marks an open enrollment opportunity. (If your church pays the premium as an employer benefit, the open enrollment does not apply.) Churches not yet offering such a benefit are invited to check out this quality product for your staff.
Until the end of 2013, certain IRA owners aged 70½ or older can take advantage of a law allowing Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) up to $100,000 to be excluded from gross income when paid directly to a qualified non-profits like the Evangelical Free Church of America and/or local EFCA churches. Act Now! Learn more about the IRA Charitable Rollover.
Over the past 10 years, Barna Group has interviewed 27,140 Millennials (ages 11-29), in 206 studies. Each month, body of knowledge is added to bringing you the latest research and analysis on teenagers and young adults. You can find it all at the new Barna: Millennials website dedicated to understanding this unique generation.
Heard of the recent Clergy and Housing Allowance ruling by Judge Barbara Crabb given the Freedom from Religion Foundation lawsuit? What’s the bottom line? You’ll find this excellent recap and summary post from Greg Strand (Strands of Thought blog) a helpful resource.
In a city near the Syrian border, a small church has become an international aid center for refugees.
When we asked if they were nervous their daughter is running around unattended in the slum, Anup and Priyanka look quizzically and responded: “If we do not trust that Grace can go into the slum, why would the parents in the slum trust that their children can come into our home?”