Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy

Candler offers a three-year program called "Faith and Finance" for our Master of Divinity (MDiv) students as part of our commitment to provide a comprehensive approach to financial literacy for seminarians.  All MDiv students will participate in the program to help learn how to manage finances as they:

  • transition into seminary life

  • train for life as ministerial professionals

  • transition out of seminary and face the challenges of taxes, children's education and retirement

Integrated into the MDiv curriculum through First-Year Advising Group, Second Year Con Ed Reflection Group, and Final Year Advising, the Faith and Finance program is led by Candler faculty, with consultation from financial planning professionals who are scheduled meet with students face-to-face at various points in the program.

The program also includes a collection of online resources—video podcasts, study guides and other tools—designed to help navigate issues of financial responsibility.

Financial Planning Resources

Sticking to a detailed budget will help you minimize your student loans. But how do you make and follow a real budget? Try this free spreadsheet, or download the free “Every Dollar” budgeting app.

Year 1: Counting the Cost of Theological Education

Issues of lifestyle, budgeting, student loans and consumer debt as you transition into seminary.

Year 2: Financial Leadership within the Congregation

Managing and administering the finances of your church.

Year 3: Life after Seminary

Tax issues, retirement planning and savings as these relate to the special circumstances of church leaders.

Financial professionals

  • Maggie Kulyk, private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial

  • Ed Inman, financial advisor, Park Avenue Securities

  • Beth Smith, personal financial coach


Candler's Financial Literacy program is made possible through a $250,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Candler is one of 16 theology schools chosen to pioneer an integrated program of financial literacy for seminary students and religious professionals as part of Lilly's "Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers."

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"Candler wants to prepare the next generation of clergy to make wise financial decisions that will alleviate debt, strengthen their administrative and fiscal leadership, and support ministers in the local church and beyond. "
-Dean Jan Love