CFLA Wraps Up Pilot Program!

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By. Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

The Georgia United Methodist Foundation has just successfully wrapped up the first cohort of the Clergy Financial Literacy Academy. Designed to offer a cost and time effective way for clergy to develop needed financial skills, CFLA is a combination of online electronic workbooks and live sessions on Zoom. A personal finance module begins with the biblical imperatives for good stewardship. It teaches the tools and techniques to evaluate, to create a vision, and to monitor progress and culminates in a personal financial plan for each student.

Likewise, the church finance module starts with the faith and disciplinary mandates for clergy to order the life of their churches. It briefly reviews necessary church financial accounting and teaches students to use cash flow tools to predict likely outcomes. It also teaches SOFTRO, a tool for evaluating alternative actions against critical dimensions.

Each module includes online tutorials and recaps and culminates in Zoom case discussions to comprehensively illustrate and integrate the teaching points. Along the way, there are voluntary Zoom office hours to answer students’ questions.

Clergy who have just completed the CFLA commented that the course was “life-changing” and “powerful.” They also suggested that “every clergy person should take the course.” Cohort members made new friends for sharing challenges and solutions.

GUMF is exploring ways to offer CFLA to more clergy groups in our conferences. Registration for the next clergy cohort will begin shortly. To learn more, please contact Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664, or klawder@gumf.org, Dr. Laudis H. “Rick” Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President, at 478-256-7130 or rlanford@gumf.org, or Nancy Young, GUMF Vice President of Development, at 678-708-6601 or nyoung@gumf.org or visit our CFLA website page for details and registration materials.