Nonprofit Church Leadership Certificate Program
We were excited to graduate the first cohort from the Nonprofit Church Leadership Program (NPCL) this past July and launch a new cohort of 24 Dakotas and Minnesota pastors. We want to share with you the variety of projects the first cohort completed, ranging from governance restructuring to year-round stewardship innovations. Do reach out to your colleagues if want to learn more from them for your own church.
We are excited to continue offering the NPCL to our Area clergy in 2020. We await the notification that we will be receiving another grant from Lilly Endowment to support this effort. Combined with our fundraising efforts to match the grant, the NPCL is one of several initiatives we hope to sustain. Read an overview of the NPCL. In early January 2020, we will announce the opportunity to apply to be part of the third cohort launching in July 2020!
Important grant extension
This is a good time of the year to introduce a financial literacy class to your congregation. But so is the new year when we are all taking stock of our personal financial health, an important element of total well-being. Individuals who feel they are financially stable are more inclined to be generous. Generosity leads to deeper spiritual growth. The Financial Ministry Grant is being extended into January 2020! The grant provides funding for Financial Peace University (Ramsey) or Freed Up Financial Living (Good Sense Movement) or even another option that you may have discovered is a better fit for your church. If you order materials and start a class in January 2020, your group is eligible for savings of $50 per order!
We often think of the fall as the season of stewardship and giving pledges. But can we broaden our thinking around stewardship beyond the pledge Sunday in the fall? Can stewardship be more than caring for financial resources? Can stewardship be lived into year-round? Bishop Ough’s stewardship points remind us that stewardship is indeed so much more than one Sunday a year when we hope people will show up with their pledge cards instead of avoiding this opportunity by skipping church altogether. You can create an entire sermon series around these perspectives!