INVE$T YC 2018 – 2019

August 16, 2018


INVE$T YC (Young Clergy) promotes financial health and personal practices. Many young clergy begin their ministry with significant debt and don’t have the tools, skills, and experience to budget, save, and eliminate debt. This can interfere with one’s ability to preach, teach, and practice generosity and stewardship in a local congregation. INVE$T YC is designed to help clergy be pro-active instead of re-active. The program also will teach skills for young clergy to manage stress, set boundaries, and establish practices that enable a lifetime of healthy ministry.
WHO: WNC clergy under the age of 40.

WHAT: A program that includes four events (one overnight and 3 day-long) aimed at helping young clergy develop and maintain life-long practices of financial and personal health.

Registration for the full program includes all 4 gatherings and attendance is requested at each of them.  If one's busy schedule does not allow for this commitment, each session will be a strong stand-alone event, and interested young clergy may sign up for one or several events, even if unable to attend the full program.

WHEN: (details of each program session is included below)
September 17 - 18, 2018 @ Boone, NC
     Your Relationship with Money and Possessions
November 1, 2018 @ Hickory, NC
     Let’s Get Technical – Church Finances and Clergy Taxes
January 24, 2019 @ Huntersville, NC
     Pay it Back, Pay it Forward: Debt, Investing, Wills
May 2, 2019 @ High Point, NC
     Ora et Labora: Prayer AND Work for The Future

LEADERSHIP: Hosted and facilitated by the Rev. A.J. Thomas, Founder, Joyful Giving Group LLC, our cast of leaders includes:

Jonathan Allen - Financial Advisor and Manager, Allen Wealth Management
Nate Berneking - Director of Finance & Administration, Missouri Annual Conference of the UMC

Bob Christophel - Manager: Benefits Education, Wespath Benefits and Investments
Mark King - Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services, Western North Carolina Conference
Mary Langhorne - Founder, MGL Financial LLC
Mike Slaughter - Pastor Emeritus, Ginghamsburg Church, Tipp City OH & Founder, Passionate Churches LLC
David Snipes - President and Executive Director, United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina
Donna Claycomb Sokol - Pastor, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Washington DC


Biographies of Presenters and Workshop Leaders 




Session 1 – Your Relationship with Money and Possessions

Monday, September 17 | 1:30 pm – Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 3:30 pm

Boone United Methodist Church, Boone, NC

This first time together will include Sabbath & Self-Care, Your Money Story, Your Theology of Money, and Personal Budgeting.

Session 2 – Let’s Get Technical – Church Finances and Clergy Taxes

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Catholic Retreat Center, Hickory, NC

This session will cover Church Finances and Clergy Taxes.

Session 3 – Pay it Back, Pay it Forward: Debt, Investing, Wills

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

United Methodist Foundation of WNC, Huntersville, NC

This session will cover Saving, Investing, Paying Down Debt, Wills, and Powers of Attorney.

Session 4 – Ora et Labora: Prayer AND Work for The Future
Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
High Point University, High Point, NC
This session will cover Navigating the UM Pension Program and Hope for Young Clergy.

Brought to you by the Leadership Development Team in conjunction with a grant from the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) of GBHEM.


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