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New Lewis Center training resource promotes financial integrity within congregations

by | Mar 31, 2022 | Training, UMC News

By F. Douglas Powe, Jr., Ph.D., Director of Lewis Center for Church Leadership

A new online training resource developed by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership addressing issues of financial integrity and preventing fraud in congregational settings.

Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity is designed for pastors, church staff, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, counters or tellers, bookkeepers, church secretaries, seminarians, and all others with responsibility for handling church funds. It is the latest offering in the Lewis Center’s Keeping Our Sacred Trust series of online courses addressing ethics in ministry.

My colleagues Dr. Lovett H. Weems Jr. and Dr. Ann A. Michel served as principal authors of the course material. Keeping Our Sacred Trust: Assuring Financial Integrity explores the proper management of financial resources as a spiritual imperative and an embodiment of faithful stewardship. It outlines practices and procedures that safeguard financial integrity. And it considers how congregations should respond to incidents or allegations of financial impropriety.

Enrollment is open to any clergy or layperson. The online format allows enrollees to study at their own pace, when and where they choose while ensuring full engagement of the study materials through built-in accountability mechanisms. The cost is only $49 to enroll and includes .5 units of continuing education credit issued by the Lewis Center upon completion. Visit churchleadership.com/keeping-our-sacred-trust-assuring-financial-integrity to learn more about the course content and enrollment options.

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F. Douglas Powe, Jr., Ph.D.
Director of Lewis Center for Church Leadership
James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (E. Stanley Jones Chair)
Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Ave NW | Washington DC 20016
(202) 664-5706
dpowe@wesleyseminary.edu
churchleadership.com

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