Priceless Takeaways From the Clergy Financial Literacy Academy
By Rev. Amanda Lane
Associate Pastor of Simpsonwood UMC, Peachtree Corners; Future Lead Pastor of New Liberty UMC, Braselton
I graduated from Candler School of Theology in 2009. I am finishing up my 10th year in ministry. I have served as Associate Pastor at Simpsonwood UMC for seven years. My challenge is that I needed to develop some financial tools to better equip me before moving into the lead pastor position at New Liberty UMC in Braselton.
My goal in attending the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Clergy Financial Literacy Academy (CFLA) was to better understand church finances. I also wanted to make sure I'm being a good steward of personal and church finances.
My takeaways from the CFLA were priceless. The CFLA is more than just finances. It also teaches church leadership skills. My biggest takeaway was understanding the importance of following God's vision for your life, church, and work. This vision impacts everything we do and should determine how we steward our time, energy, and resources.
The CFLA also gave me the confidence and the ability to know what questions to ask in leading a church. During finance meetings, I can talk about what we did, why we did it, and explain the end results.
I have been very blessed to serve as Associate Pastor at Simpsonwood UMC. This church means the world to me, and it will be hard to say good-bye. But I'm excited and confident that I now have the tools to help the new congregation and myself be good stewards of our gifts for the kingdom of God.