Practical skills for creating and presenting budgets grounded in the church’s mission, expanding means of giving and sources of income, presenting accurate tracking and reporting of giving, proper financial administration of funds, and exploring new options for funding ministry, examining all from both a theological perspective and from best practices of financial transparency and accountability.
Class DescriptionIntroduction to basics of personal financial management, including special considerations for religious professionals and congregations where they serve. Topics include budgeting, debt, compensation and taxes, insurance, investing, and estate planning.
Much of the challenge of being a bivocational pastor
is securing steady, ‘gainful’ secondary employment. A standard job-hunt is
demanding enough, but for bivocational ministers, such a task is laden with
obstacles unique to their set of circumstances. Traditional job search
approaches often prove inadequate and insufficient. This class will introduce
participants to effective strategies, tools, and tactics designed specifically
for bivocational ministers. Participants will learn skills for uncovering
‘hidden’ job opportunities where none seem to exist, for crafting compelling
promotional packages, and for conducting successful job interviews
Churches and non-profits cannot survive, let alone
thrive, without the financial contributions of members and others. Yet, one of
the most dreaded and avoided aspects of ministry and leadership is asking
others for money. There is a strong cultural taboo to even talking about
finances and money. In this class, participants learn to see fundraising as an
opportunity to develop important relationships that enrich their lives. With
ample opportunity for dialogue and discovery, participants will put their
learning into practice in a final project in which they create a fundraising
campaign for an organization or church.
This continuing education class invites students to explore how
vocational identity and spiritual practices provide a framework for ethical
decision making in ministerial practice. Students will interrogate ethical
guidelines in their ministerial context and identify ongoing professional
practices that will support ethical decision making. This class is part of the Ministerial Institute curriculum.
Multivocational ministries could be the future of the church in North America. What are the potential benefits and challenges for you and your congregation? Participants in this class will learn from the latest research and writings about bivocational and multivocational ministry. Topics include vocation and calling, financial pressures and motivations, cultural shifts, leadership strategies, congregational dynamics, and more.
- Teacher: Darryl Stephens