ECF’s second grant proposal entitled “From Economic Challenges to Transformational Opportunities: Scalability, Impact and Discipleship” will provide lay and clergy leaders of the Episcopal Church with resources, tools and other support to help address the financial and leadership challenges of congregational ministry in the 21st century. 2019 initiatives are as follows:
- During Seminary: ECF will convene a group of inter-seminary faculty, both in person and remotely, to complete the process of developing a template with goals for clergy learning and formation around the goal of helping future clergy leaders preach, teach, and talk about money, generosity, and stewardship.
- Leaving Seminary: In conjunction with the Church Pension Group (CPG), there will be Success After Seminary (SAS) regional meetings in March and September. There will be a Success After Formation (SAF) meeting in August for the Kemper School for Ministry.
- After Seminary Formation: Two year-long Congregational Leadership Initiatives will be held in 2019 with invitations extended to all US Bishops in January. Two in-person events (“Boot Camp”) are planned for June at Kanuga (NC) and September at Camp Allen (TX).
- Ministerial Excellence Fund: ECF will continue the diocesan-based granting program with continued administrative, financial, and fundraising support. In addition, MEF – Seminary Debt” grants will be awarded to attendees of the 2019 “Success After Seminary meetings.
- FRG: The Finance Resource Guide (FRG) seeks to be the cornerstone finance text that church leaders are looking for to become strategic stewards. Readers will learn about financial management roles, guidelines for how healthy congregations typically allocate spending, transformational budgeting, financial reporting, property management, and more.
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