A Faith Community Non-Profit Foundation Serving The United Methodist Church: Eastern Pennsylvania, Peninsula-Delaware, and the Baltimore-Washington Conferences.

Financial Leadership Academy

It’s Time to Thrive, Not Just Survive

Our latest Financial Leadership Academy (FLA) is a bold new approach building on our proven past success.  The first 4 sessions of FLA is practical education for clergy. For the last 4 sessions, our trained coaches will work with clergy and 2-5 members from each congregation – so you build a team that understands all of the principles and can help effect a real sea change in your church’s culture.

Leading United Methodist thought leaders were assembled to lead the clergy training, and we have trained a group of Coach Facilitators who are guiding each church team to transform their ministry. As we’ve seen in the past, there is also great strength and support provided by the peer groups in the program.

The bottom line is that it is very difficult for clergy alone to bring back new ideas and approaches and convince their congregations to embrace significant change. FLA guides you through each step of education and implementation.

Leading Culture Change in a Congregation

Pastors will learn their church culture, identify desired shifts in mindset, and lead cultural change with an action plan. Pastors will select and lead a lay team in church-culture change, managing conflict, and providing spiritual leadership for finance best practices and generosity-development.

The congregational role
in leading change:

Ted Brown

Ted Brown

A retired business executive, Ted has expertise in strategy and continuous improvement. He has spent twenty years in leadership and change management at the local church level and with non-profit boards.

The Pastor’s role
in leading change:

Andy Lunt

Andy has served as a pastor, Conference staff, and seminary professor. He is a retired member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC. He previously served as Dean of FLA 1 and FLA 2.

Who Should Attend

  1. Pastors and churches willing to move a church from good to great through stewardship.
  2. Large and mid-size churches willing to create a funding plan during denomination change.
  3. Newly appointed pastors assigned to financially vulnerable churches needing team building.
  4. Seasoned pastors in churches willing to develop new leaders that fund exciting ministry.


"It is no secret that the institutional church is waning. Prophetic - proactive measures are being espoused by the Financial Leadership Academy. The speakers and the books that we have been exposed to have been some of the best continuing education I have received in 40 years of ministry. Leadership excellence is what the Financial Leadership Academy inspires. Additionally, an urgency and a hedging against complacent coasting is cultivated. Enroll. You will not regret it.”
James E. Carver
Sanctuary UMC

More Information


$1,500 payable in installments (only $62.50 per month). 

$20% Discount ($1,200) for current Foundation investment clients  (only $50.00 per month). 

The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation is subsidizing the Financial Leadership Academy to promote excellence in clergy financial leadership and to help grow clergy and churches from “good” to “great.”


Click to submit your registration form.

Contact us for further information, or if you are interested in scholarship opportunities (up to 50% of tuition).

Frank Robert, inquiry@midatlanticfoundation.org, 410-309-3475.


80 contact hours will be awarded to clergy who complete the Academy.


Click to download a copy of the FLA brochure.

Our Leadership

Marsha Johnson

Marsha Johnson:

Coodinator Marsh Johnson earned her MBA and worked for 30 years with Fortune 500 companies. She retired to be in full-time ministry and is a non-profit board member (including Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation), a certified counselor, and a group leader for Bible Study Fellowship International. She serves at Simpson Memorial UMC in Wilmington DE. 

Karin Walker

Karin Walker is Coach Facilitator for the Financial Leadership Academy. She serves serves as Senior Pastor at Fallston (MD) UMC, on the Board of Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation, and as an Associate Certified Coach. She served as a District Superintendent and is a founder of Just Peace.International.