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Helping Second-Gen Hmong Reconnect with God
“We want to be a church that makes a difference in our community,” says Greg Rhodes, Pastor of RiverLife Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. RiverLife is only a few years old and is primarily composed of second-generation and third-generation Hmong Americans. The Hmong are one of the ethnic groups of China and Southeast Asia that immigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War.
The Economy and Markets: Challenges and Positives
Posted by Larry McCooey on February 20, 2018
As I’ve mentioned in the past, ADF uses investment advisors from both Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. These advisors help us invest our required reserves, and they provide insights into what factors are driving the economy and financial markets. In a recent presentation, one of our advisors mentioned the challenges of expensive stocks and bonds (relative to rates and risks). He also talked about the upward pressures of inflation, which will contribute to rising interest rates.
Protect Your Staff
Posted by David Graf
Trust comes easily as you serve with others in ministry. They are family — your brothers and sisters in Christ. But by placing too much trust, by neglecting common-sense accountability structures, you may create an atmosphere of temptation for them. One pastor whom I greatly admire learned this lesson the hard way. He is not the first pastor to do so and, unfortunately, he will not be the last. I asked him to write a guest blog about his story hoping that our readers will take action to protect their staffs. This is a great pastor from a dynamic church. If it could happen to him, it could happen to anybody. He is a wise man. Please take his warning to heart and make every effort to protect your own people from this temptation.
Increase Your Fixed Return While Still Benefiting Ministry
Posted by Rob Pease on January 15, 2018
In this edition of Alliance Financial Care, I’m interviewing Joseph Padilla, Vice President for Development with The Orchard Foundation, about charitable gift annuities (CGA). We specifically want to address how ADF investors can increase your fixed return anywhere from 4.6% to 9% (it varies by age) while still benefiting your ministry by partnering directly with The Orchard Foundation.