Financial Leadership Academy

In cooperation with the Pension Fund of the Christian Church, Lexington Theological Seminary is offering an online educational opportunity for students, new clergy, their spouses, and key lay leaders.  This Financial Leadership Academy consists of two sets of four webinars led by experts in the field from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Lexington Seminary.  The first four focus on personal finance and are intended for students/clergy and their spouses.  The second four focus on congregational finance, and are intended for students/pastors and the board chairs and treasurers of their congregations.

All eight webinars in the 2017 series are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Eastern Time on a Tuesday evening.

PERSONAL FINANCE for students/pastors and their spouses (in January-February 2017)

  • January 10 – “Personal Financial identity: Unpacking Our Meanings for Money” – Bruce Barkhauer, Center for Faith and Giving
  • January 17 – “Budgeting, Borrowing, Saving, Giving: Practical Wisdom for Clergy Households” — Cynthia Newman, Financial Advisor
  • January 31 – “Clergy Tax and Insurance Considerations” — John and Todd Reed, Bottom Line Services
  • February 7 – “Building Blocks of Future Planning and Retirement” – Deborah Wray, Pension Fund of the Christian Church

CONGREGATIONAL FINANCE for students/pastors, board chairs and treasurers (after Easter 2017)

  • May 2 – “Resourcing Congregational Mission” – Bruce Barkhauer, Center for Faith and Giving
  • May 9 – “The Congregation as Employer” – Matt Rosine, Pension Fund of the Christian Church
  • May 16 – “Best Practices for Managing Church Money” – Karen Wagers, CFO of Lexington Theological Seminary
  • May 23 – “Congregational Budgeting and Spending” – Bruce Barkhauer, Center for Faith and Giving

All that you need to join these webinars is a computer with an Internet browser and fast Internet connection.  There is no charge since the costs are fully funded by the Pension Fund through a grant from the Lilly Endowment

  • Registration is once for all eight webinars as a series.  Due to the need to send certain materials in advance of the first webinar, the deadline for registration is January 3, 2017.
  • Spouses of students and pastors are encouraged to register and participate along with the student or pastor in the personal finance portion.  Congregational board chairs and treasurers are encouraged to register and participate along with their pastor for the congregational finance portion.

♦  Once registered, you will receive by e-mail a link to login to the webinars from your computer.

REGISTER HERE: All participants must register online:


*Dates and registration information for the 2018 series will be forthcoming.