ASU Lodestar: Nonprofit Training for Congregational Leadership

by | Dec 12, 2022 | East District Newsletter, North District Newsletter, South District Newsletter, West District Newsletter

Best Skills Best Churches Lodgestar

Arizona State University Lodestar, prompted by the Episcopal Diocese of Phoenix, designed a certificate program for a special sector of nonprofits – churches. ASU Lodestar Center worked with the Center’s Nonprofit Management Institute to develop the content for the “Best Skills Best Churches Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.” Now a Bishop, Megan Traquair brought the idea to ASU Lodestar while serving as the Canon to the Ordinary in Phoenix. 

“Courses will provide engaging, practice-oriented learning experiences that are focused on knowledge, skills, and techniques that can immediately be implemented in your faith-based organization. This program will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to develop and enhance your leadership and management skills in order to best serve your faith community.” After a pilot run with Episcopal clergy, the program has expanded to include leadership from all denominations in Arizona and beyond. 

Courses include: Volunteers in Service; Legal Aspects of Governance; Effective Communication and Handling Conflict; Marketing and Community Presence; Financial Management for Effective Service; and Fundraising Aspects of Stewardship.

For additional information, contact the Nonprofit Management Institute at nonprofit@asu.edu or call 602.496.0500.


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Author: Billie K. Fidlin

Billie K. Fidlin is the Director of Outreach & Justice for the Desert Southwest Conference. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and attended Claremont School of Theology for religious studies. Ms. Fidlin currently serves as the President of the Arizona Faith Network in her second term. She is President & Founder of Whisper n Thunder Inc., and sits on various boards including the Justa Center. Her awards include the UM Foundation for Evangelism 2004 Distinguished Evangelist; 2016 Church Women United / United Nations Human Rights Award; 2018 Servant Leader Award AZ Faith Network; 2022 Southern Poverty Law Center Certificate of Recognition; and 2022-23 Class of Who's Who in America.
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