From the President

Grateful for partnerships, joyful time

Christmas greetings from CIF. Our offices are flush with the season’s decorations, with three Christmas trees, and stockings lining the hall ready for gifts. It’s a joyful time of year to relish in the reason for the season – Jesus!

We have focused on thankfulness this quarter, with gratitude and appreciation for all the Lord’s blessings. As I look back on 2023, there are some highlights I would like to share.

With all the interest rate volatility and price pressures churches and ministries have felt this year, we have spent countless hours consulting with them. We help with ways to raise additional funds, phase their projects and assure operational cash reserves are at healthy levels before embarking on property-related purchases or construction projects.

Our sole focus is on Kingdom expansion, no matter what is happening in the external environment. Assuring the health of each ministry we work with is a critical CIF Difference between our financial services and others in the marketplace.

I cannot be thankful enough when I say we are privileged to serve in this way. That is what real partners do, looking out for each other and working collaboratively.

Lastly, I hope you have seen our short announcement about the new CIF website in this issue of Kingdom Focus. We are pretty excited about the improvements it brings, and it better communicates who we are. Please watch for tidbits in the coming months about different site features.

I want to wish everyone the best, God’s blessings and joyful time spent with family and friends this Christmas season. Whether you newly partnered with us this year, have been with us for a long time or somewhere in between, thank you for working with CIF. And, if you are looking into our organization, we look forward to interacting with you in the future.

Expanding the Kingdom together,

Scott Achterling
President and CEO

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