Clergy Financial Literacy Academy Empowers Pastors

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By Charles W. Buffington Jr., GUMF Board Trustee 

One of the greater challenges facing churches today is the shifting landscape of church attendance and by extension giving at sufficient levels to fund core ministry and longer-term vision. In order to lead the Church in addressing this challenge, it calls for pastoral leadership with higher levels of financial acumen. Highly effective, successful pastors must be comfortable and conversant in both personal and corporate (church) financial management principles and practices.

The Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Clergy Financial Literacy Academy is designed to assist pastors in preparing to lead in this critical aspect of life and ministry. After completing the course of study, graduates will be enabled and empowered to be more effective in preaching, teaching and practicing the biblical principles of stewardship and generosity.