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Ministerial Excellence initiative - Financial Literacy

Engaging a holistic approach to financial education, these efforts will consider financial goals as well as one’s calling, family circumstances and future plans. Our priority is to educate the whole of our Fellowship by reaching pastoral leadership, congregations and CBF leadership through Lake Institute training events and ongoing events through Peer Learning Groups, Leadership Institute at General Assembly and ChurchWorks.  

Lake Institute Events - These opportunities, open to the entire Fellowship, will teach fiscal expertise and sound strategies to enhance the financial literacy and management skills of pastoral leaders in relation to both personal and congregational needs.

  • Lake Institute Training for Pastoral Leaders:  April 27-28, 2017, Atlanta, Ga. 
    This two-day training course constructed by the Lake Institute and CBF brings light to the relationship between clergy and congregational financial health. This event provides needed education and strategies to revitalize pastoral leadership and congregational financial health in areas such as generosity, health benefits, retirement preparation, and budgeting.
  • Lake Institute Training Course for Pastoral and Congregational Leaders: October 10-13, 2017, Atlanta, Ga. 
    This gathering is customized to bolster these efforts will address effective budgeting, strategic giving, and creating a culture of generosity. This event will educate attendees regarding congregational financial best practices and strategies while connecting ministers and congregations within the fellowship and enhancing our community support.

Leadership Institute at General Assembly - The Leadership Institute, a well-attended pastoral and lay leadership annual gathering, will adopt the focus of addressing economic challenges facing pastoral leaders at the 2017 CBF General Assembly in Atlanta on June 28. A panel of grant recipients will share their stories with the Fellowship. Additionally, topics will address healthy financial practices, the Ministerial Excellence Initiative and helpful resources.

Peer Learning Groups - With more than 120 peer learning groups providing a safe and effective learning environment, CBF will provide support of $250 for 40 groups each year to sponsor an in-depth study of personal and congregational healthy financial practices. Each Peer Learning Group will be able to select resources or connect with industry experts who can address their collected interests and concerns in a small group setting. Learn more about CBF Peer Learning Groups here

ChurchWorks - At an annual gathering of ministers, lay leaders, church starters, seminary students and CBF leadership, the programming will include presentations of unique financial challenges discovered among CBF clergy. Healthy financial practicies, resources and the Ministerial Excellence Fund application process will also be shared.

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Upcoming Events 

  • October 1, 2016 - MEI grant applications open. Click here to apply. 
  • February 20-22, 2017 - ChurchWorks, Jacksonville, Fla. 
  • June 28, 2017 - Leadership Institute at the 2017 General Assembly, Atlanta, Ga.

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