Clergy Financial Literacy Academy Provides Pastors with Intensive Financial Training

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

GUMF kicked off the pilot session of the Clergy Financial Literacy Academy (CFLA) at Epworth By the Sea in mid-August. Twenty-two pastors from South and North Georgia gathered for three days of intensive personal and church financial training. Selected for the pilot by their District Superintendents, these pastors learned new tools, discussed case studies, and prepared themselves to lead their congregations in the stewardship of church finances.

Mr. Charles Buffington, Generosity Consultant, led sessions on the theology and practices of personal finance. Rev. Keith Lawder, GUMF President, led three sessions on Church Financial Decision Making, teaching a new framework for evaluating alternative solutions to business problems. Dr. Derek McAleer, South Georgia Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services, batted cleanup with lively discussions of things to do and things to avoid doing, using live case examples.

Student evaluations were enthusiastically positive. Our team is reviewing each aspect of the program with an eye towards making it even better. Proposals are in process to fund additional CFLA Seminars next year. We hope to be ready early in 2019 to announce to the Bishops and their Cabinets the next sessions. If you are interested in participating, please let your District Superintendent know.

For more information, please contact either me (Keith Lawder) at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664, 404-906-1425 (cell) or klawder@gumf.org or Rev. Steve Waldorf at 478-746-9688 ext. 124, 478-747-0042 (cell) or swaldorf@gumf.org.