The United Brethren denomination has been chosen to participate in a program which offers free financial health online courses and other resources. These are designed to help UB pastors, leaders, and congregations in the areas of personal finances and church generosity.
This is made possible because we are a member denomination of the National Association of Evangelicals. The Lilly Endowment provided a generous grant to the NAE to help member denominations improve the financial health of their pastors and churches.
The NAE set up a webpage for United Brethren which tells all about the program. The page includes a video by Bishop Todd Fetters.
An online course on Personal Finances begins in September, and a course for the broader church starts in January. Please register by August 31 to take advantage of these courses.
September: Personal Finances
This free online course begins in September, and includes six monthly sessions. It was specifically created for pastors and spouses, but any interested church staff, leaders, or members will also benefit from this training. The monthly sessions can be done at home on your own schedule.
Learn from Christian financial experts how to:
- Pay off debts.
- Increase savings.
- Track and decrease expenses.
- Prepare for retirement.
- Find affordable healthcare.
- Set financial goals.
- Increase your giving.
January: Church Generosity
This free online course will help you and your key leaders determine the best ways to improve the generosity and financial health of the people in your church.
The course was specifically created for a pastor and a group of lay leaders to do together. The six monthly sessions take 20-45 minutes to complete, depending on the amount of discussion.
Various resources—brochures, planning calendar, devotionals—will be available to those who register.
Visa eGift Cards
A limited number of $100 and $200 Visa eGift cards will be given to those who complete the courses.
Grants for Ministers
Grant funds will provide several kinds of financial assistance to pastors.
- Medical bill assistance grants of $2000 for unpaid medical bills of $2000 (up to 5 recipients).
- Student loan grants for church planters to help with school loan repayment.
- Retirement savings jump start grants of up to $1000.
- Emergency fund jump start grants of up to $500.
Create an account at NAEFinancialHealth.org/UB by August 31, 2018.