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January 27, 2021

Free Financial Health Resources

By Ken Baldes, Vice President for Operations/Treasurer

Since 2018, The Alliance has partnered with the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Lilly Foundation with an initiative that helps strengthen our pastors and churches’ financial health. Whether it’s time for a financial health checkup, budget adjustments to address life-changing situations, or a plan to achieve long term goals, our partnership provides numerous resources and benefits to help pastors and churches:

Access to Free Financial Resources

Several financial resources are available for pastors and church leaders at Alliance Financial Health, including:

  • Assessment tools
  • A budget development tool to help live within (or below) your means
  • A guide to assist in planning and saving for retirement
  • Financial and generosity teaching materials
  • Free church financial resources from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Saving and Investing with Orchard Alliance

Free Online Courses

We invite pastors (and spouses, if married) to register for an online course.

“The ‘God Is Your Provider Personal Finances Course’ was a godsend! Brian’s down-to-earth counseling really put things into perspective. My wife and I were taking for granted many things, but Brian’s teaching helped us get on the right track. I strongly encourage each pastor to go through this class!” —Rev. Hector Belen

  • Bless Your Finances – one-session course
  • Bless Your Pastor – 7-minute Video Training Session
  • Bless Your Church – 13-minute Video Training Session
  • 40 Day Generous Life Devotional – 10-minute Video Training Session
  • God Is Your Provider Personal Finances Course – Six-session course
  • Church Generosity Course – Six-session course

For more information about the courses offered, visit: Alliance Financial Health.

Grant Opportunities

Three grant opportunities for pastors are available, including:

  • Medical Bill Assistance Grant up to $2,000
  • Life Insurance Grant to Protect Your Pastor’s Loved Ones
  • Retirement Savings Jump Start Grant of $2,000

If you think your pastor would benefit from one of these grants, encourage them to apply.

Amazon eGift Cards

Sign up or sign in for access to this program:

  • $100 eGift card to the first 15 pastors (and spouses, if married) who complete the God Is Your Provider Personal Finances 6-session online course.
  • $200 eGift card for the first 15 senior pastors who go through the Church Generosity6-session online course with their church board or three leaders.
  • $250 eGift card for senior pastors whose board/leaders use the Bless Your Pastor resources and receive and report the amount of the appreciation offering they took for their pastor or pastor and staff. Click here for the Bless Your Pastor reporting form

Bless Your Pastor Resources

For those of you who blessed your pastor(s) during Clergy Appreciation Month in October or with a Thanksgiving or Christmas offering, thank you! Caring and showing appreciation for your pastors and their families are so important. There are even more ways to bless your pastor!

Your lead pastor is eligible to receive a $250 Amazon egift card if the following criteria are met:

Additional Questions?

Thanks for caring for the financial health of your pastor and church. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact Alliance Benefits by calling (800) 700-2651 or emailing benefits@cmalliance.org.
 
 
 
Ken serves as treasurer for The Christian and Missionary Alliance and is vice president for Operations/Finance. In this position, he is responsible for Finance, Alliance Benefits, Technology, and Operations and Business Services. He also serves as the liaison between the C&MA and several supporting organizations and the treasurer for Alliance World Fellowship. Ken is passionate about mobilizing a healthy National Office team so that we can serve our C&MA churches, districts, and international fields.


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