Reset Your Financial Aptitude and Attitude With the Clergy Financial Literacy Academy


We are calling all pastors! Is your financial aptitude all you want it to be? Being a pastor today requires both attitude and aptitude. It is a tough calling. The financial skills needed to thrive in this environment are more challenging than ever. But don’t get discouraged. Quality help is available from the Georgia United Methodist Foundation!

The winter cohort of the Clergy Financial Literacy Academy has begun. Over 20 pastors are engaged in a convenient, practical study of both personal and church finance. They are learning how to evaluate and restructure their personal finances to align with biblical principles. They are developing their personal financial plan. Students then move on to learn how to read and use their church financial statements. And they are learning a new tool to help evaluate church projects and strategies.

The program consists of online tutorials, electronic workbooks, and Zoom discussion sessions followed by exercises to demonstrate how to use what they have learned. Upon successful completion of the $50 course, students receive 2.5 CEUs. Several pastors who completed the program in the fall reported that it was the most helpful course they have taken since seminary. GUMF is in discussions with both The North and South Georgia Conferences about the possibility of including this course in the training programs for pastors preparing for ministry.

Program leaders include Author, retired AT&T Executive, and Consultant Charles Buffington Jr., and Rev. Keith Lawder, pastor, a retired banker, and President of GUMF.

Are you ready to invest time and effort into resetting your financial aptitude and attitude? We are here to help! To learn more, please visit our CFLA Training Page or contact Dr. Rick Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President (South Georgia), at 478-256-7130 or, or Nancy Young, GUMF Vice President (North Georgia), at 678-708-6601 or