In January 2015 I enrolled in the Financial Leadership Academy sponsored by the Mid Atlantic United Methodist Foundation. This was two-year experience in which sixty or so clergy met six times to cover many topics related to the financial health and the well-being of both churches and pastors. We studied best practices of churches as well as other non-profits with a keynote speaker as well as small group time with a trained facilitator. My peer group (pictured) involved pastors with large church experience across three annual conferences. Each time we met we worked out an action plan to put what we were learning into practice and learn from one another.
I learned how to do a better job managing my own personal finances. I also learned a theology of money and how generosity is tied to Christian discipleship. I learned how to make more sense out of a balance sheet and financial statement. It was great to learn from other pastors and hear about the creative and worthwhile things that are being done. We held the final session last month and I have a certificate of completion suitable for framing!
One thing in particular I want to lift up to the folks at Calvary/Centennial Memorial Cooperative Parish. By making a simple addition to your will, you can leave a lasting legacy to your church. You can easily leave your church a gift that will assure that others will be able to benefit from the ministry of the congregation that has been so dear to you. And, here’s something that may be even easier than adding a few words to your will. You can add the church as a beneficiary to an existing pension plan or life insurance policy so that a portion can go to your church or other charities you choose. I will be making such a change to my policies and would encourage you to think about doing it also.
See you in church,