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Money in the Church Workshop Presented in Metropolitan Association

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Metropolitan Association has committed itself to helping its churches gain greater insight into stewardship, budget models and strategies for growth this year.  We may be sailing in different directions with our various church visions and missions, but we are all in the same boat when it comes to finding ways to strengthen our finances in order to do the work of the church and its ministries.

Throughout the year, we will provide free workshops, for the Association churches, that will be informative and practical. These workshops will be co-sponsored by the Metro Finance Committee and COMPAS (Committee on Mission Priorities and Stewardship)

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the first, in the series, was presented by Rev. Daehler Hayes, Northeast Regional Mission Interpreter and Mr. Chuck Hollingsworth, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with the Cornerstone Fund, UCC, and Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Pastor, Congregational Church of South Hempstead and Executive Director of the Church Building and Loan Fund, UCC. This workshop was graciously hosted by the St. Albans Congregational Church, Rev. Dr. Henry T. Simmons, Senior Minister.

With over 110 members in attendance, representing 28 Association churches, 2 Presbyterian and 1 Non-Denominational, every person received comprehensive workbooks, provided by the Cornerstone Fund, that covered 3 modules: 1. Money in the Church, 2. Narrative Budgets – Budgets that Inspire Givers, and 3. Policies that Protect – Safe Church. The manual also included sections on endowment and investment policies and practices, growing generous givers, the treasurer’s role and other areas of church finance and management. We also learned about church and individual investment opportunities with the Cornerstone Fund.

Rev. Dr. Duggan shared information, procedures, requirements and policies for churches that come to the Church Building and Loan Fund for assistance.

Ms. Karla McKenzie, Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center in Elmont, LI, also presented information about the resources, webinars and additional ways to assist subscribing churches through the Center. The PRC will present a workshop this year on Budgets and Capital Campaigns.

At the end of the session, all in attendance completed survey forms for the Cornerstone Fund and the Association which provided space to list suggestions for future workshops. These suggestions will be grouped into the next set of workshops to be offered this year as we continue with our 2014 Theme: “Money in the Church: Talking, Raising and Managing Money for God’s Work in the World.”

We are grateful to the Cornerstone Fund for providing this opportunity and also the continental breakfast and lunch for the day. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with them this year.  They will, also, continue to work with several churches, over the next few months, to assist them with services needed.         

You can find all of the resources from the workshop on our Association web site:


Louise Manigault, Executive Administrator

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