Pastors! Do You Need a Financial First Aid Kit?


Do you feel confident in your ability to manage both your personal and the church’s finances? If not, help is on the way! The Georgia United Methodist Foundation has pioneered a program called the Clergy Financial Literacy Academy. CFLA is an online and Zoom course designed especially for pastors with little training in finance and less time to invest. It is a 20-hour course. The cost of the program is $50. Charles W. Buffington Jr. teaches the sessions on personal finance. Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO, teaches the church finance portions.

Here’s how it works: Students first work their way through online modules and exercises in personal finance, culminating in a personal master plan. Critical topics include: Forming a Vision, Keeping Score, Dealing with Debt, Maintaining Good Credit, and Making a Plan and Sticking to It. Church finance topics include: Reading Your Church’s Financial Statements, Understanding How Cash Flow Influences Ministry, Developing a Cash Plan, and Learning SOFTRO, a tool to evaluate alternative action plans.

Evaluations from the Pilot Group were overwhelmingly positive. You can be part of the next cohorts. Dates for these will be announced shortly. Individuals may be nominated by their District Superintendent or self-nominate with the approval of their District Superintendent. To learn more, please contact Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO, at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664, or, Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President, at 478-256-7130 or, or Nancy Young, GUMF Vice President of Development, at 678-708-6601 or

Ready to register? Please complete the CFLA Application and Registration Form below and email it to Louise Hintze, GUMF Administrative Assistant, at You may also mail the completed application form along with your $50 check made payable to the Georgia United Methodist Foundation to her attention at: PO Box 922087, Peachtree Corners, GA 30010-2087. Please note CFLA in the memo line.