For more than 25 years, George W. Truett Theological Seminary has been training ministry professionals to provide skilled leadership in congregations and organizations around the world. With the help of a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Truett is proud to introduce a series of professional development workshops and conferences focused on financial wellness for ministry professionals.
As student debt levels continue to rise, the financial pressures caused by these debt levels severely limit the ability of seminary graduates to accept calls to Christian ministry and undermine the effectiveness of too many pastoral leaders.
To help address this issue, Lilly Endowment created the Theological School Initiative to address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. The initiative’s aim is to encourage theological schools to examine and strengthen their financial and educational practices to improve the economic well-being of future ministerial leaders.
- Our participants will gain financial literacy on both a personal level and a professional level. We expect our participants to be able to discuss critical issues related to financial ethics and theology.
- Our participants will be more comfortable talking about money, budgets, salaries, taxes, and other financial topics that can affect ministers spiritually, emotionally, physically, and theologically.
- Our participants will be prepared for the long-term challenges of ministry and will be equipped with the financial skills that will sustain them for a lifetime of successful ministry.
- It is our ideal that participants would be a “light on the hill" as role models of financial and personal responsibility to their congregations and their communities.