Introducing the Financial Shalom Project

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The Financial Shalom Project recently launched and we need your help in spreading the news! This three-year project, made possible with a one-million-dollar grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., seeks to improve financial security and shalom for our pastoral leaders.

The project will include one-time grants to CRC pastors to address challenges like student loans, Christian day-school tuition, medical bills, and debts. We will also provide training, tools, and resources for financial literacy and management skills. Many of these resources will be available on The Network in the Pastors section under subtopic Financial Shalom.

We would love to hear from you about what financial resources (books, organizations, websites, etc) have been especially beneficial to you. What sort of financial information and resources would you like to have us post about on The Network?

Read the press release, check out our brochure (also in Korean and Spanish), or visit the website for more information!

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I am wondering about this million dollar grant. Is it assumed pastors need more resources or training to handle their own unique financial challenges? What a lot of money to devote to this when there are a lot of people struggling to be able to afford the whole seminary experience (like my son, for one).

Hi Stan,

Thanks for your question. The Financial Shalom Project seeks to holistically respond to the financial challenges facing our pastoral leaders.  A significant portion of the project is devoted to support our pastors by providing grants for a variety of financial needs. Additionally, when we surveyed our CRC pastors last year, we found that many of them desired further training and resources for personal and church financial management. We are responding to that expressed need by offering personal financial management training,  online resources, consultation with financial professionals, and church stewardship training.  

We hope that by having a multi-faceted approach--where immediate financial relief is paired with ongoing financial skills--pastors will experience a renewed sense of financial shalom. 

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