Money Matters In Healthy Congregations
Studies conducted by Lilly Endowment Inc. and others show there is a direct relationship between the personal financial health of a priest and the overall vitality of his or her congregation. If a priest struggles with debilitating financial stress, ministerial excellence, leadership and decisions are compromised in the congregation. Everyone suffers.
Pathways to Vitality, a financial literacy initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, is a three-year program funded by Lilly Endowment designed for clergy and lay leaders to facilitate well-informed and honest conversations about money.
The initiative has three goals:
- To create a culture of transparency regarding clergy and parish finances in our congregations through financial literacy education.
- To enhance ministerial innovation, vitality and sustainability in our congregations.
- To implement a Ministerial Excellence Fund to provide financial support to clergy, seminarians and their families to enhance their financial wellbeing.
Ultimately, we hope to raise the “veil of silence” cloaking clergy and parish finances so we can authentically share in the generosity of God.
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Bishop Catherine Waynick and Canon to the Ordinary, Bruce Gray, recently announced the appointment of Good Samaritan
(Brownsburg), St. Alban’s
(Indianapolis), St. John’s
(Speedway) and Trinity
(Lawrenceburg) as the Pathways to Vitality Pilot Parishes. The goal of the Pathways’ Pilot Parish initiative is to assist these congregations in achieving enhanced sustainability by identifying their unique ministries, building vital congregational teams and developing practical financial and administrative skills. Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., representatives from the ...Read More
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Pathways to Vitality
is a financial literacy initiative of our diocese. It strengthens congregations by supporting clergy and lay leaders who serve them. Both clergy and lay leaders are indispensable in leading vital congregations positively impacting families, neighborhoods, communities... and the world. Now, they have this blog
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Comedian Peter Dunn and the Rev. Rick Foss, a former ELCA Lutheran bishop of Eastern North Dakota, spoke bluntly—as well as with humor—about financial integrity in families and congregations when they opened the Pathways to Vitality conference Saturday, April 16. The two main speakers identified key issues about honesty and money, and entertained about 200 lay and clergy leaders representing all the diocese’s congregations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Peter Dunn (also known as ...Read More