Financial Well-Being

Resources for clergy and congregations

The following programs and resources are funded in part by Lilly Endowment’s grant to the Dakotas-Minnesota Area around the national initiative to address “Economic Challenges Facing our Pastoral Leaders”. The holistic approach to address these challenges includes opportunities and grants primarily focused on improving personal financial well-being, but also to strengthen church financial health and grow a culture of generosity.

Free Financial Education materials for clergyAll clergy under appointment for at least one year may obtain free financial educational materials (up to $150 value). 

Financial Ministry grants for churches: Your church may apply for a financial ministry grant to offer individuals financial education in your church and community.

Financial Advisor Grants for clergy: Clergy may request a $500 grant to experience the benefit of engaging a financial advisor as you plan for retirement.

Student Debt-Reduction grants for clergy: Clergy under appointment for ten years are less can apply for a $5,000 student debt reduction grant. (A grant renewal application, for those who have already received a grant, is here.)

Non-profit Church Leadership certificate program for clergy: Clergy may apply for this year-long, online graduate certificate program designed to increase competencies in leadership. View summaries of the Applied Projects presented by the participating pastors in the 2018-2019 cohort.

Seed and Save grant for clergy: Clergy new to ministry may apply for $1,000 grant upon completion of a personal financial education course.

Church Financial Wellness Assessment Tool: Take this 10-question assessment developed by Rev. Randy Koppen. Contact him directly with questions or to learn some of his best practices in strengthening your church’s financial health!

"Money Matters" e-newsletter

To better provide you with timely and helpful resources about money matters, the "Money Matters" quarterly e-newsletter is shared with all clergy in the Dakotas and Minnesota Annual Conferences.

The purpose of the e-newsletter is to offer information about opportunities and resources that could help clergy's financial health and well-being. Some of these resources apply to only clergy, and some are financial opportunities for the local church.  View all editions of "Money Matters"


To learn more about any of the resources or grants on this page, contact Diane Owen, the DK-MN Area Lilly Grant Program Director. / (507) 244-0311

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058