As part of their broader ministries, clergy serve as the executive directors of not-for-profit organizations. Effective ministry depends not only on spiritual gifts and theological insights, but also on the ability of church leaders to understand, organize and manage church finances. But as many seminarians and newly appointed clergy will tell you, they have not been trained in the best practices of organizational financial leadership and management.

To address this gap, this fall, Candler will offer the course “Church Financial Management for Clergy” (LA 650) to empower clergy with essential skills for leading their congregations financially. Open to active clergy and lay leaders as auditors, and to current seminary students seeking credit, the class will meet every Tuesday from August 29 through December 5, 2017, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Auditors pay a course access fee of $930.00, and may register online through July 31.

Current seminary students or others who wish to take the course for academic credit should contact Candler Registrar Shelly Hart at for information on cost and procedures for enrolling.

The course will use readings and real-life exercises to show students how to lead and manage their congregations’ financial matters more faithfully, efficiently, and ethically. Participants will learn the processes surrounding sound financial management, become familiar with tax implications, and learn to read and interpret church financial statements, among other specific skills. Throughout the course, they will engage the specific governing documents of their home congregations. Those from all denominations are welcome.

James B. Jordan, CPA, CFE, CGMA, will teach the course. Jordan works with large and small congregations throughout the U.S., and is an expert in fraud prevention, internal control, leadership, and process improvement. He is the author of Financial Management for Episcopal Parishes (Morehouse, 2013).

Learn more and register.