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Financial Leadership Series for Churches

Financial Leadership Series for Churches

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

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The Financial Leadership Series for Churches will collectively 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: 1.) belief in the mission; 2.) trust in leadership; and 3.) sound financial practices.

The three modules for this series are:

  1. Missional Relevance and Money (September and October 2021)
  2. Roles and Responsibilities of Finance Leadership and Stewardship Development (November and December 2021)
  3. Accountability (January and February 2022)

Each module will consist of four online 90-minute interactive webinars with a final assessment/exam. The webinars include content, application to ministry context, and reflection on assignments. Utilizing vitual learning strategies, sessions will require participation and engagement through use of virtual platform functionality such as written responses, polls, and naming functions. Webinar participation, assignments, and application work are designed to total sufficient hours to earn one (1) CEU credit per module and three (3) CEUs for all three modules.

Registration Fee: $100 per module or $250 for all three modules. The registration fee includes one (1) CEU per module for the clergy participant and the ability to register one* lay person from your congregation for free.

*If you are interested in registering more than one lay person from your congregation at an additional cost, please contact Rev. Katye Chambers at katye.chambers@garrett.edu.

Registration Deadlines:

  • All Three Modules or Module One only: September 1, 2021
  • Module Two: October 20, 2021
  • Module Three: January 1, 2022

Book: Church Finances for Missional LeadersThis series will be taught by Bonnie Ives Marden, author of Church Finances for Missional Leaders: Best Practices in Financial Stewardship (2019). Bonnie is a stewardship practitioner, specializing in leadership empowerment and financial accountability. She brings to the classroom both technical experience and cultural awareness to the spiritual and temporal aspects of church financial stewardship.

To learn more about each module, see below.

 

 

Module One: Missional Relevance and Money

September 13 - October 25, 2021

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!

Registration Fee: $100 for Module One or $250 for all three modules. The registration fee for this module includes one (1) CEU for the clergy participant and the ability to register one* lay person from your congregation for free.
Registration Deadline: September 1, 2021

*If you are interested in registering more than one lay person from your congregation for an additional cost, please contact Rev. Katye Chambers at katye.chambers@garrett.edu.

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Missional Relevance and Money (Module One) is an online course with webinars being held every other Monday for eight weeks. Between each webinar participants will have reading assignments and activities to complete. Assignments will be submitted through the learning management system known as Moodle. Class participation will be supplemented by the Moodle discussion board. After registering, information about how to access Moodle and the webinars will be provided.

This module consists of four sessions covering the following topics:

  • 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 Mondays at 7 p.m. (CDT):

  • Session 1: September 13, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Session 2: September 27, 2021, 7- 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Session 3: October 11, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Session 4: October 25, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CDT)

The webinars provide an opportunity to speak directly with the instructors, ask questions, and seek clarification on the material presented. The webinars will also be recorded, so you can watch them again or at a later time.

Required textbooks for this module:

  • 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)

You can purchase the books from Cokesbury or Amazon.

Module Two: Roles and Responsibilities of Finance Leadership and Stewardship Development

November 1 - December 13, 2021

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.

Registration Fee: $100 for Module Two or $250 for all three modules. The registration fee for this module includes one (1) CEU for the clergy participant and the ability to register one* lay person from your congregation for free.
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2021

*If you are interested in registering more than one lay person from your congregation for an additional cost, please contact Rev. Katye Chambers at katye.chambers@garrett.edu.

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Roles and Responsibilities of Finance Leadership and Stewardship Development (Module Two) is an online course with webinars being held every other Monday for eight weeks. Between each webinar participants will have reading assignments and activities to complete. Assignments will be submitted through the learning management system known as Moodle. Class participation will be supplemented by the Moodle discussion board. After registering, information about how to access Moodle and the webinars will be provided.

This module consists of four sessions covering the following topics:

  • 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 Mondays at 7 p.m. (CST):

  • Session 1: November 1, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Session 2: November 15, 2021, 7- 8:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Session 3: November 29, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Session 4: December 13, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)

The webinars provide an opportunity to speak directly with the instructors, ask questions, and seek clarification on the material presented. The webinars will also be recorded, so you can watch them again or at a later time.

Required textbooks for this module:

  • 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)

You can purchase the books from Cokesbury or Amazon.

Module Three: Accountability - Sound Financial Practices

January 10 - February 21, 2022

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.

Registration Fee: $100 for Module Three or $250 for all three modules. The registration fee includes one (1) CEU for the clergy participant and the ability to register one* lay person from your congregation for free.
Registration Deadline: January 1, 2022

*If you are interested in registering more than one lay person from your congregation for an additional cost, please contact Rev. Katye Chambers at katye.chambers@garrett.edu.

REGISTER NOW

Accountability: Sound Financial Practices (Module Three) is an online course with webinars being held every other Monday for eight weeks. Between each webinar participants will have reading assignments and activities to complete. After registering, information about how to access the learning platform, Moodle, and webinars will be provided.

This module consists of four sessions covering the following topics:

  • 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 Mondays at 7 p.m. (CST):

  • Session 1: January 10, 2022, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Session 2: January 24, 2022, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Session 3: February 7, 2022, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
  • Session 4: February 21, 2022, 7 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)

The webinars provide an opportunity to speak directly with the instructors, ask questions, and seek clarification on the material presented. The webinars will also be recorded, so you can watch them again or at a later time.

Required textbooks for this module:

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

You can purchase the books from Cokesbury or Amazon.

Course 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 live webinars, one every two weeks for eight weeks. 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. The webinars will also be recorded, so you can watch them again or at a later time. 

Webinar Dates

Each module consists of four live webinars that take place on the following Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Central Time):

  • Module One: September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25
  • Module Two: November 1, November 15, November 29, December 13
  • Module Three: January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21

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.

Required textbooks for this series:

  • 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)

You can purchase the books from Cokesbury or Amazon.

Assessments 

As a part of our Lilly Endowment Inc. grant, we have committed to thoroughly assess each of our program offerings. When you register for the course, you are affirming your commitment to complete four brief assessments for this course:

  1. Pre-course assessment
  2. Post-course assessment
  3. Post-course assessment six months after the course
  4. Post-course assessment one year after the course

The purpose of these assessments is to gauge your understanding of key course content prior to the course and directly following the course with the later post-course assessments determining if you are still using what you learned and what has been most helpful to you in your role. These assessments are essential to us and Lilly Endowment in determining the usefulness of this offering.

Course Instructor: Bonnie Ives Marden

Bonnie Ives MardenBonnie 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 (2019), she brings technical experience and cultural awareness to the spiritual and temporal aspects of church financial stewardship.

Bonnie has provided leadership to numerous capital campaigns, including Imagine No Malaria, and teaches donor cultivation (Cultivating the Craft of Asking) and conflict transformation (Conflict as a Means of Grace). She speaks and teaches nationally on our relationship with money. In 2018, she launched MYTE Ministries, where she offers her skills as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant/mentor in the areas of leadership, stewardship, conflict, and organizational development. She focuses in this work on congregations (UMC, UCC, Presbyterian, ELCA, and Baptist) and personal finance mentoring.

Bonnie has guest lectured on church administration, stewardship, and conflict transformation at Boston University’s School of Theology and numerous theological and denominational foundations. She holds a double BA in economics and political science from Tufts University, and certificates in mediation and trauma from Eastern Mennonite and Lombard Mennonite Universities. She is a certified faculty member of the Creating A Culture of Renewal program.

Her work has been published by Leading Ideas at the Lewis Center of Wesley Seminary; the Ecumenical Stewardship Center’s Giving Magazine; and the former Alban Institute’s periodical, Congregations.

Cancellation Policies

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 connectional.learning@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.