Register now for the Advanced Financial Academy for Clergy. Learn advanced financial skills in a cohort of colleagues that address the need for unique streams of income, post-covid trends and threats, and the development of resources for mission and ministry.
When: October 2021 – September 2022
3 in-person overnight sessions at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA (October 11-12, 2021; March 7-8, 2022; September 12-13, 2022)
In-between sessions will be a video component with group and individual coaching. ** Please note that due to ongoing concerns with Covid-19, the first session on October 11-12 will be held via Zoom.
The foundation of the program will be a project you create to benefit the life of your congregation. Completion of the program and the project will form the basis of consideration for a grant.
Seminar topics (subject to change to accommodate denomination status):
1. Creating multiple streams of income to expand mission and ministry including property development, 501c3’s, community engagement.
2. Changing the culture of generosity in the congregation: learn how to seek large gifts, maximizing assets, and funding new staff for ministry expansion.
3. The life-giving spirit of generosity: renewing your spirit and perspective; renew your spirit, hear great ideas about expanding generosity, present your project to the group.
Cost: $1,200 – to be paid in 3 installments. $400 deposit due at registration.
Register here now to secure your place!
The next session of the Financial Leadership Academy (FLA) will begin in the fall of 2022. It is a bold new approach building on our proven past success. The first sessions of FLA are practical education for clergy. For the implementation phase, 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 have been 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.
The coronavirus pandemic interrupted the FLA in 2020 and we were able to pivot from in-person learning to online alternatives. In 2022 the FLA will combine the best practices of both in-person and online education.