The CME Church

A Financial Literacy and Empowerment Program for CME Clergy

We are overjoyed to announce that the CME Church is the recipient of a 4-year ($1 million) grant from the Lilly Endowment Foundation. The grant will fund a program to provide a financial literacy educational series to CME Clergy, as well as support a fund to provide direct aid to program participants. In keeping with the quadrennial theme, we are tagging this program as “BOLD Money Matters”!

Program Phases

In early 2023, we will begin the 8-session class series. These sessions will be taught live via an online platform. We will offer the 8- session series two times per year for the duration of the grant period.

In 2023, we will launch the “Ministerial Excellence Fund” to provide emergency assistance for certain debts or unexpected expenses and will not have to be paid back.

By mid-2024, we plan to add a self-guided online teaching module with advanced courses in finances, financial literacy, financial planning.

In 2025-2026, we will add a final dimension to the program: education and consultation for local church leaders and their pastor on topics like “creating a budget”, “building fund campaigns”, “levering property assets”.

In early 2023, we will begin the 8-session class series. These sessions will be taught live via an online platform. We will offer the 8- session series two times per year for the duration of the grant period.

In 2023, we will launch the “Ministerial Excellence Fund” to provide emergency assistance for certain debts or unexpected expenses and will not have to be paid back.

By mid-2024, we plan to add a self-guided online teaching module with advanced courses in finances, financial literacy, financial planning.

In 2025-2026, we will add a final dimension to the program: education and consultation for local church leaders and their pastor on topics like “creating a budget”, “building fund campaigns”, “levering property assets”.

Program Updates

Please complete the below registration information to receive updates about the program status, classes and sessions. 

This program is sponsored by the CME Church College of Bishops and administered by:

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

Ecumenical Bishop and Development Officer