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Clergy and Money Series

The Clergy and Money Series provides opportunity for clergy (pastors, ministers, religious leaders) to gather to discuss the importance of money in personal and public ministry.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Registration coming soon!

Session I (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)

Money & Ministry: Preaching, Digital Giving, and Narrative Budgets
by Rev. Adam J. Copeland, Director of Stewardship Leadership, Luther Seminary

This session will focus further on the on-the-ground challenges and opportunities for pastoral leadership related to money, budgeting, and finances. It will consider homiletical approaches to stewardship, how to implement (and keep up with) digital giving, and the benefits of narrative budgets and/or visual annual reports to inspire giving.  

Rev. Copeland directs the Center for Stewardship Leaders' work and teaches at the Luther Seminary, including the popular course "Money and Mission of the Church." 

Session 2  (12:30 - 2:00 p.m.)

Financial Well-Being and Healthy Boundaries
by Dr. Jill Y. Crainshaw, Acting Dean, Wake Forest University School of Divinity 

Questions of money, finances, and budgets can stir complex questions and even create quandaries for religious leaders and their communities. This workshop explores how personal and congregational money matters can be life-giving spiritual dimensions of leaders' and communities' lives instead of being only cause for worry, stress, and anxiety. The workshop will consider the spiritual and theological dimensions of financial well-being for faith communities and leaders and explore healthy responses to boundary challenges that arise related to personal and/or congregational finances. 

This workshop is being taught by a certified Healthy Boundaries instructor and meets some denominations' healthy boundaries or professional ethics continuing education requirements.

Dr. Crainshaw is Acting Dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology.  Additionally, Crainshaw is the faculty director of the Clergy Making A Place: Early Career Pastors as Generative Community Leaders program.


This program has been made possible by a grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers.

Monday, March 12 at 9:30am to 2:00pm

Wingate Hall, Lower Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Event Type

Religious, Conference / Panel, Workshop, Community


School of Divinity, Continuing Education

Target Audience

Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students






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Dr. Shonda Jones, Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services

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