Financial challenges, both personal and congregational, limit a minister’s capacity for thriving in ministry. These challenges are diverse and include any or all of the following: financial illiteracy, debt stress, diminishing resources, lack of confidence in money matters, scarcity mindset, absence of prior fundraising experience, ill preparedness for financial leadership. Recognizing this constellation of issues that threatens to undermine healthy ministry, Central seeks to discover solutions that enable ministers to thrive even in the midst of financial challenges.
Nurturing Generosity, a covenant group comprised of 10-12 church pastors, will be assembled this fall to launch a 2017 experiment. The group will participate in six gatherings next year, approximately once every other month. The meetings will include reflection and dialogue on topics related to faith, money, and giving with the understanding that reading and practice in context will occur in between. The Nurturing Generosity group intends to provide safe space for exploring personal money experiences and attitudes, leading to greater self-awareness. The group will encourage clergy to learn, reflect, dialogue, and practice in the context of a peer group, offering a unique learning opportunity within which to grow as a leader. The group seeks to return increasingly knowledgeable, reflective, and confident ministers back to their churches as fundraising practitioners, able to equip congregations with all the tools that they now possess.
Through Nurturing Generosity Central seeks to equip and empower thriving ministers who are comfortable and confident to speak, teach, and lead in financial stewardship, as well as generous congregations who are better able to meet economic challenges with hope and confidence.
If you are a minister interested in participating in the Nurturing Generosity experiment, please contact Angela Barker Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-969-7596. There is no cost to participate, and covenant group members will receive a small stipend to offset any cost of participation.