Being a pastor or church leader is more demanding than ever, and includes far more than spiritual leadership. The Academy of Church Leadership at North Park University is dedicated to equipping religious leaders with the skills needed for effective congregational growth. Programs focus on professional development in finance, management, and leadership for religious leaders.

Contact: Tim O'Brien, [email protected] 

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The Bless Your Pastor initiative is an opportunity for your church to take seriously the call to care for your pastor.Across America and the world, pastors and their spouses faithfully serve and love the people in their congregations. Yet, our research shows that most pastor families face significant financial challenges. The financial stress that many pastors face can be greatly alleviated when church leadership teams and families discover there are many creative ways to show and share God’s love for their pastors beyond the paycheck. 

Contact: Brian Kluth, [email protected]

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ECFA has been able to serve pastors and churches through our online community called ChurchExcel. Through this online platform, churches are able to access free online content in areas such as board governance, finance, and stewardship of gifts. These resources include: Webinars on demand, The ChurchBoardScore, eBooks, Electronic Tax Guides, Podcasts, ChurchPulse eNewsletter and Videos.

Contact: Michael Martin, [email protected] 

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ChurchSalary is a resource of Church Law & Tax that addresses compensation in the unique setting of church ministry. Our team has been serving churches in the legal, financial, and administrative areas for over 30 years. We get it. That’s why we have a heart—and the expertise—to help both churches and those who serve in them set fair pay.

Contact: Rob Toal, [email protected] 

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Leadership Roundtable is an organization of laity, religious, and clergy working together to promote best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resource development of the Catholic Church. We serve the Church through our programs, our collection of best practices, and our consultancy services, which have assisted archdioceses, dioceses, and religious communities across the country.

Contact: Michael Brough, [email protected] 

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Lake Institute on Faith & Giving is dedicated to helping people of faith, regardless of their religious tradition, think creatively and reflectively on the relationship between their values, spiritual beliefs and their philanthropy. Through our seminars & programs, Lake Institute helps participants understand and discern the religious dimensions of their giving. This understanding helps participants find a more fulfilling approach to living a life of generosity.

Contact: David King, [email protected]  

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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary offers education programs including Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance. The progression of the program is to move from equipping pastors to be competent in financial affairs, to helping pastors become more effective leaders in their congregations, to supporting pastors in becoming change agents for their denominations and communities, and finally to providing scholarly material to help replicate this work in the academy and church.

Contact: Brent Waters, [email protected] 

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Villanova offers online education programs designed to increase the financial literacy and management skills of pastoral leaders by providing information and resources in as user-friendly means as possible. You can watch our online video courses, download our library of resources, participate in the discussion board available for you to interact with participants around the world, and register for webinars.

Contact: Matt Manion, [email protected] 

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Developed from the vision of Fr. Paul Holmes of Seton Hall, this grant seeks to help pastors and other church leaders not only with economic challenges, but, as the grant has developed to meet the needs of its constituents, other leadership issues as well. We offer the following: Mentoring of priests (through Fr. McCrone, the Archdiocese of Newark), Parish leader development (through Best Test and Leadership Roundtable), and Coaching and self-evaluation (Greenleaf foundation).

Contact: Nancy Enright, [email protected] 

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