TFI addresses economic challenges facing Wesleyan clergy. Thriving clergy display well-being spiritually, emotionally, relationally, physically, intellectually, and financially.
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Although many families face similar concerns, the current and future earning potential of pastors frequently means that it is especially difficult for clergy to meet unexpected expenses, build savings, or pay off debt. Clergy economic challenges also diminish the quality of ministry by both the pastor and the local church. By reducing the negative effects of pastors' economic challenges, the TFI helps make it possible for clergy to develop enhanced holistic health that increases energy, optimism, and effectiveness in ministry. The Thrive Financial Initiative, which is part of a larger effort in Education and Clergy Development, helps foster thriving clergy and thriving congregations who build thriving communities.
Thanks to a generous $1,000,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., we are able to address these challenges for our clergy. This site will help you understand how you and your church can participate in TFI.
Here's how to get started!
Local Church Thrive Teams from Wesleyan districts participating in TFI may register to use the Thrive Team Resource Center and be eligible for a matching grant. The Local Church Thrive Team consists of the pastor and two key lay leaders. So, recruit your team members, and register using the link at the upper left of this page. Then, use the link in the upper right of this page to access the Thrive Team Resource Center. Using the Resource Center, the team will complete personal reflection guides and partner reflection guides leading to a well-being development plan (WDP) for supporting the pastor and enhancing ministry in the church. Teams will have until April 30 each year to complete their plan and file their report requesting a matching grant. Your district coordinator can help you with your questions.
Thrive Teams will find the specific resources they must complete identified in the Thrive Team Resource Center. However, even pastors and lay leaders not participating in TFI can use these financial resources to enhance ministry and improve their personal financial management skill. Keep checking back, we'll keep adding material as we build new partnerships!