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FLA '25 - Financial Leadership Academy
Ready to Thrive in '25

The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation is committed to supporting all churches fund their mission and ministry today and for years to come, regardless of the direction of the denomination. Rather than succumbing to paralysis in the face of uncertainty, instead focus on the vision and mission of your church to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Act now and join the Financial Leadership Academy Class of ’25, so that your church will face the future from a position of financial strength, and you will lead with confidence.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of what is needed in the church to fund ministry. This is not taught in seminary and yet it is a crucial part of your job as a leader. Our graduates tell us how much this program has transformed their ministry. District Superintendents see the difference it has made when FLA graduates put their learning into action. Join us and transform your ministry in 2024, 2025 and beyond.

Timeframe – 18 month program
from April 2024-September 2025


April 15-17, 2024

September 23-25, 2024

January 27-29, 2025

April 28-30, 2025

September 29 – October 1, 2025


All sessions will begin at 10am on Monday morning and last through noon on Wednesday.

All sessions will be held at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA.  The cost of the hotel is not included in your registration fee, but we have reserved a group block at a discounted rate ($110 for Monday nights, $130 for Tuesday night).

FLA gave me the confidence to talk about money.”

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Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Confidence in talking about money in church and with potential donors
  • In-depth knowledge of all aspects of church finances
  • Acquisition of tools to apply the knowledge in your unique setting
  • Revitalized ministry!

5 in-person sessions focusing on these major themes:

  • Personal finances and the theology of money
  • Stewardship best practices
  • Planned giving/endowments
  • Church finance best practices
  • Learning from how other non-profits do fundraising

Throughout all the sessions there will be an emphasis on the leadership skills needed to apply your financial learning including:

  • Team selection
  • Visioning
  • Mission alignment
  • Resistance to change
  • Conflict management

We have listened to feedback from our FLA graduates. Our students have asked for ways to bring their learning back to their churches, so they can share their new knowledge with their congregations. With this in mind, we are including a critical addition to the program for FLA ’25. In between the in-person sessions it will be required that you share your learning with your lay/leadership team back at your church. This will be supported through the following resources:

  • Video summaries of the in-person learning
  • Accompanying workbooks for your team
  • Continuation of coaching for you and your team

NEW - Your church leadership will learn with you!


  • Each student will be assigned to a coaching group for the in-person sessions
  • Trained coaches with expertise in church settings
  • Coaching cohorts will consist of 6-8 students from similar sized churches
  • There will be one-on-one coaching in addition to group coaching
  • Your coach will also work with you and your leadership team for the in-between sessions at your church

The role of the coach:

  • To help you identify where you are and where you want to go
  • To help you set goals, establish plans and design action steps
  • To hold you and your team accountable

FLA is the single best training outside of seminary for pastors”

Included in your registration fee:

  • Five in-person sessions at the Eden resort, beginning on Monday at 10am, ending on Wednesday at noon.  All meals, except dinner on Tuesday included.  The cost of the hotel is not included, but we have reserved a group block at a discounted rate.  You will receive details for booking your room upon registration.
  • All required books.
  • Your course manual, that will be added to at each session.
  • Group coaching at the in-person sessions.
  • All materials for the inbetween sessions back at your church, including videos, workbooks and 3 coaching sessions for each period.