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Financial Leadership Series for Churches

Empowering Congregational Leaders to Talk about Money and Financial Aspects of Ministry Confidently and Openly

 

The Financial Leadership Series for Churches is designed to equip congregational leaders with financial tools and knowledge to grow greater financial wisdom, integrity and sustainability, regardless of your ministry context, fiscal position or financial health. Investing in your leadership will grow your capacity and your ministry!

 

The Series will cover three modules of financial stewardship content for churches. Participants can sign up for all three or individual modules to meet their ministry goals and vocational needs. Each module, held in an online format, will explore one of three recognized qualities which correlate with growth in generosity:

 

    • Belief in the mission

    • Trust in leadership

    • Sound financial practices

Registration Costs & Deadlines

 

Registration cost includes one pastoral leader and the ability to bring along one lay leader for free!

 

If you are interested in registering more than one lay person from your congregation for an additional cost, please contact the Lifelong Formation Office.

Entire Series (Save $75!)

Cost: $300 | Deadline to Register: August 8th

Module 1: Missional Relevance & Money (Aug 15-Sep 26)

Cost: $125 | Deadline to Register: August 8th

Module 2: Roles & Responsibilities of Finance Leadership & Stewardship Development (Oct 17-Nov 28)

Cost: $125 | Deadline to Register: October 8th

Module 3: Accountability (Jan 2 – Feb 13)

Cost: $125 | Deadline to Register: December 26th

Course Instructors

Bonnie-Ivers

Bonnie Ives Marden

Bonnie Ives Marden is a stewardship practitioner, specializing in leadership empowerment and financial accountability. Author of “Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices in Financial Stewardship,” she brings technical experience and cultural awareness to the spiritual and temporal aspects of church financial stewardship.

Cary James

Rev. Cary James, Jr.

The Reverend Cary James, Jr., is an Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference and has served in full-time ministry for 20 years. He is certified as a DISC Facilitator, Leading from Your Strengths Coach, ICF Certified Coach and Situational Leadership II Facilitator.

Series Modules

Missional Relevance & Money

Module 1: August 15 – September 26

In Module One, participants will explore the relationship between financial stewardship and a ministry vision and how they are interconnected. Strengthening our vision and belief in our call and mission impacts our financial well-being. We will look at how planning, time horizon, change management, and clarity of communications, as well as integrity and credibility, influence the generosity your ministry experiences. Financial stewardship is spiritual work!

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Roles & Responsibilities of Finance Leadership & Stewardship Development

Module 2: October 17 – November 28

Financial generosity highly correlates with trust in leadership. In Module Two participants will explore leadership roles and responsibilities within congregations and basic financial systems that build trust and transparency. Pastors, counters, trustees, and others all have vital roles in financial stewardship. In addition, this module introduces donor cultivation and development activities that equip leaders to grow ministry in any setting.

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Accountability

Module 3: January 2 – February 13

Module Three will provide a deeper dive into the sound financial stewardship practices that build trust in your mission and encourage generosity. Financial reporting, policies, and record-keeping systems all impact our relationship with donors, staff, our communities and the world. We are accountable as non-profit organizations for financial audits, payroll taxes and other federal, state and denominational expectations. This knowledge will empower you to grow the financial integrity of your ministry.

Module Information and Requirements

All three modules will be held online, meaning that all of it will be presented on your computer. Prior to your course, you will receive information for where to find the course website and how to access it. Don’t worry if this is your first time taking a class online! The instructor has extensive experience teaching online and can help you all the way along.

Each module consists of four 90-minute live interactive webinar, one every two weeks for eight weeks. They will always be on a Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

 

Sessions will involve reading in the text and interacting with information and exercises on the course website. The live webinars will give you an opportunity to speak directly with the instructor, ask questions, and make certain you are understanding everything you are learning during the other weeks.

 

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, a link to the recorded webinar will be posted within 24 hours to the course’s online learning portal.

The following books are required for all modules:

    • Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices for Faithful Stewardship by Bonnie Ives Marden, (Nashville: Wesley’s Foundery Books, 2019)
    • Creating Generous Congregations by David L. Heetland (Cascade Books, 2020)

 

The following book is recommended (but not required):

    • A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen (Upper Room Books, 2011)

 

You can purchase the books from Cokesbury or Amazon.

    • Session 1: The Relationship between Money and Mission
    • Session 2: Impact of Planning on Finances and Sustainability
    • Session 3: Impact of Credibility and Integrity on Missional Relevance
    • Session 4: Is our Mission Relevant and Do We Believe in it?

 

Each session will include a 90-minute interactive webinar, held on the following dates:

 

    • Session 1: August 15, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)
    • Session 2: August 29, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)
    • Session 3: September 12, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)
    • Session 4: September 26, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

    • Session 1: Financial Leadership: Whose Job is it?
    • Session 2: Follow the Money: The Path of Money Through Your Organization
    • Session 3: Management vs. Development
    • Session 4: Cultivating Generosity

 

Each session will include a 90-minute interactive webinar, held on the following dates:

 

    • Session 1: October 17, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m.(Central Time)
    • Session 2: October 31, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m.(Central Time)
    • Session 3: November 14, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)
    • Session 4: November 28, 2022, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

    • Session 1: Accountability to the United States
    • Session 2: Accountability to Donors and Staff
    • Session 3: Accountability through Communication and Transparency
    • Session 4: Systems that Support Accountability and Risk Management

 

Each session will include a 90-minute interactive webinar, held on the following dates:

 

    • Session 1: January 2, 2023, 6 – 7:30 p.m.(Central Time)
    • Session 2: January 16, 2023, 6 – 7:30 p.m.(Central Time)
    • Session 3: January 30, 2023, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)
    • Session 4: February 13, 2023, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Course Cancellation Policy

 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary reserves the right to cancel the course if a minimum participation level is not reached. If we cancel this offering, participants will be notified of the cancellation 7 business days before the offering’s start date and will receive a full refund.

 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Policy for Participant Cancellation

 

Participants can withdraw from the course in writing via e-mail to lifelong.formation@garrett.edu.

 

Refunds will be provided according to this schedule:

 

    • Withdrawals received more than 30 days prior to the course’s start date will receive: 100% refund.
    • Withdrawals received between 29 to 16 days prior to the course’s start date will receive: 50% refund.
    • No refunds will be issued for withdrawals received 15 days or less before the course starts.