Financial Leadership Academy

On a mountainside, Jesus taught his disciples about many subjects, including money and stewardship. Local churches have the responsibility and opportunity to learn stewardship methods that:

  1. Follow best practices for congregations in stewardship.
  2. Give members an opportunity to give to something that matters.
  3. Fund mission and ministry that impacts communities and the worlds.
  4. Teach congregation members about the role of money in a Christian’s life and how to imitate Christ in the way we live.

The FLA is the best resource around that complements classroom teaching, coaching, accountability with an academy model for long-lasting results. It involves clergy and laity in training together and provides video resources for ongoing training every year.

The model presented captures the best learning practices used in forums and organizations within and outside the church.

Best Practices:

  • It is best for clergy and laity to be trained together.
  • Coaching works and is advantageous in promoting and fulfilling learning goals.
  • Peer learning is invaluable and builds relationships.
  • A video component allows for training to be ongoing as it is repeated.

Outcomes:

A local church which engages fully in this process will

  1. Increase their stewardship
  2. Adopt best practices
  3. Increase money for mission and ministry
  4. Understand endowment and planned giving concepts and implement a program

Our Program Includes:

SeminarsSeminars

Clergy and up to 5 laity meet 4 times over a period of 18 months with people from other congregations for a seminar and teaching from an expert in the field.

Personal Finances

Session II: Stewardship
Session III: Leadership
Session IV: Church Finances
Session V: Non-profit Fundraising
Session VI: Planned Giving

Handboks and Videos Handbooks and Videos

Clergy and laity receive a set of videos and handbooks to share with the local church leadership with exercises to complete that will lead to an action plan. This is a critical piece of the process in order to effect change.

Coaching Coaching

A coach will meet in person with the team and broader group twice during the FLA time frame and 6 times via phone/Facetime/Skype. The coach will lead the group in attaining the goals that the congregation set as it relates to stewardship.

The coach will also have a one on one call with the pastor prior to the group call.

Peer Learning Peer Learning

Each congregation is designated a learning partner similar to them that they will engage with in conversation at the seminars.

For more information, please contact Frank Robert, Associate Director of Stewardship Education.