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Financial Well-Being

Financial Well-Being


Resources for clergy and congregations

The following programs and resources are funded in part by Lilly Endowment’s grant to the Dakotas-Minnesota Area around the national initiative to address “Economic Challenges Facing our Pastoral Leaders”. The holistic approach to address these challenges includes opportunities and grants primarily focused on improving personal financial well-being, but also to strengthen church financial health and grow a culture of generosity.

Ministerial Student Aid Summary

Free Financial Education materials for clergy: All clergy under appointment for at least one year may obtain free financial educational materials (up to $150 value). 

Financial Ministry grants for churches: Your church may apply for a financial ministry grant to offer individuals financial education in your church and community.

Financial Advisor Grants for clergy: Clergy may request a $500 grant to experience the benefit of engaging a financial advisor as you plan for retirement.

Student Debt-Reduction grants for clergy: Clergy under appointment for ten years are less can apply for a $5000 student debt reduction grant.

Student Debt Reduction Grant Renewal Application: Renewal application for those who have already received a Student Debt Reduction grant once or twice in the past. (A grant renewal application, for those who have already received a grant, is here.)

Non-profit Church Leadership certificate program for clergy: Clergy may apply for this year-long, online graduate certificate program designed to increase competencies in leadership. See summaries of the Applied Projects presented by the participating pastors in the 2018-2019 cohort here.

Seed and Save grant for clergy: Clergy new to ministry may apply for $1000 grant upon completion of a personal financial education course.

Church Financial Wellness Assessment Tool: Take this 10-question assessment developed by Rev. Randy Koppen. Contact him directly with questions or to learn some of his best practices in strengthening your church’s financial health.

"Money Matters" e-newsletter

To better provide you with timely and helpful resources about money matters, the "Money Matters" quarterly e-newsletter is shared with all clergy in the Dakotas and Minnesota Annual Conferences.

The purpose of the e-newsletter is to offer information about opportunities and resources that could help clergy's financial health and well-being. Some of these resources apply to only clergy, and some are financial opportunities for the local church.  

Winter 2019 edition | Spring 2019 edition |  Summer 2019 edition


To learn more about any of the resources or grants on this page, contact Diane Owen, the DK-MN Area Lilly Grant program director.  You may also call her at (612) 230-2169.


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