New Financial Courses Available for Clergy

West Ohio clergy are encouraged to take advantage of two new courses and a two-day conference that will be available in 2023 through the support of the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio. All three opportunities help clergy tackle the challenge of church stewardship and personal finances – and how the two intersect.

Generous Church Leadership February 2023

Beginning February 6, a West Ohio clergy cohort of the Generous Church Leadership Course from Discipleship Ministries will be available for a nominal fee plus the cost of materials.

This six-week online course is for WOC pastors who wish to develop their understanding and confidence with local church finances and help their congregations relate generosity to maturing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Cost of the course is $200. The Foundation will cover the first $100 of course fees. Registration for this course opens on December 12 at www.umfwestohio.org.

Saving Grace Clergy Edition July 2023

Next summer, the Foundation will offer the clergy version of Saving Grace led by co-author Rev. Anna Guillozet. Saving Grace helps clergy address personal money concerns as well as the challenges of leading the church in financial matters.

Participants will move through six sessions covering such topics as saving, earning, giving, spending, and debt, along with helpful strategies for achieving a sustainable financial life. In the clergy workbook, three additional clergy sections address financial issues unique to pastors, bringing together faith and vocation while attending to the unique financial details of living as a pastor and being employed by the church. The clergy workbook contains worksheets and downloadable planners.

Cost for this course is only $18 for the workbook. Each clergy who completes the class will receive $100. Registration for this class will open May 1 and be available on the West Ohio Conference website.

Generosity Summit September 2023

A two-day Generosity Summit will be held September 11-12, 2023 at Deer Creek State Park in Mt. Sterling, OH. Join your clergy colleagues and local church leaders from across West Ohio as well as contiguous conferences for a two-day summit focused on growing a culture of generosity in the local church. Hear from experts in the field and relax in the beautiful environs of Deer Creek State Park. $100 registration fee.

Room reservations ONLY by calling 740-869-2020 and mentioning the UMFWO block by July 28, 2023.

For more information on these classes or any UMFWO resource, contact Executive Director Susan Black at sblack [at] wocumc.org.