FEC is honored to be among the groups chosen to receive grant-funded access to funds to assist pastors in financial need as well as access to online financial literacy courses. The goal is to increase financial literacy among our leadership and to stimulate cultures of generosity among our congregations.
Financial Assistance Grants
FEC is offering three different Financial Assistance Grants which are available to FEC workers who hold an Ordination, Pastor, or Ministry license and meet specific need-based requirements:
For FEC Leaders who currently have $50,000 or less (including none) in retirement savings, FEC is offering $1,000 to help with retirement savings. If no current retirement plan, Leaders will need to begin an individual IRA or enroll in the FEC Retirement Savings Plan. (note: Church participation is required if the FEC Retirement Savings Plan is used).
2. Student Loan Elimination:
For FEC Leaders who currently have $1,000 or more in student loans, FEC is offering $1,000 to help with the elimination of this debt.
3. COVID-19 Payroll Reduction Support:
For FEC Leaders who have seen payroll reductions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FEC is offering $1,000 to help replace these reduced wages.
In order to be eligible for these grants, FEC Leaders must meet the following two requirements:
- Credentialed with an Ordination, Pastor, or Ministry license
- Complete any one of the financial literacy courses (listed below)
CLICK HERE to apply for a grant!
CLICK HERE to access online courses!
Course Completion Incentives
For FEC Leaders who want to want to increase their own financial literacy, we are offering course completion incentives. These incentives take the form of online gift cards.
1. Individual and Family Course:
$100 eGift card for FEC Pastors (and spouses, if married) who complete the God Is Your Provider Personal Finances 6-session online course.
2. Church Leadership Course:
$200 eGift card for the FEC Senior Pastors who go through the Church Generosity 6-session online course with their church board or three leaders.
3. Congregation Course:
$250 eGift card for FEC Senior Pastors whose board/leaders use the Bless Your Pastor resources and receive and report the amount of the appreciation offering they collected for their pastor or pastor and staff. Click here for a Bless Your Pastor reporting form.
CLICK HERE to access the courses!
Online Financial Literacy Courses
Sign up or sign in to have access to these courses:
1.Bless Your Finances one-session course
Bless Your Finances is a one-session condensed version that includes the key components of the six-session God Is Your Provider Personal Finances course. Both versions include a Financial Health assessment survey, video teaching, devotional, 33 Best Practices and 180+ online resources.
2. Bless Your Pastor 7-minute Video Training Session
Board/leader training to help church leaders mobilize your congregation to creatively show and share God’s love for the pastor and church staff. 7-minute video training session includes free resources.
3. Bless Your Church 13-minute Video Training Session
Pastor/Board/Leader training to equip, empower and encourage your church to receive generous (4, 5 and 6-figure) gifts of assets and estate bequests. 13-minute video training includes free resources.
4. 40 Day Generous Life Devotional 10-minute Video Training Session
Pastor/Board/Leader training to help inspire generosity and increase giving through the use of a church-wide 40-day Generous Life devotional. 10-minute video training session includes free resources.
5. God Is Your Provider Personal Finances Course Six-session course
This at-home interactive video training helps individuals and couples improve their financial health. This six-session video course is filled with free resources from many of the leading Christian financial experts.
6. Church Generosity Course Six-session course
This interactive video training helps the pastor, board and leaders discover the Best Practices and resources to grow givers and giving in any size church by developing their own 12-month generosity calendar. The six interactive training sessions can be done for 20 minutes or more during regularly scheduled committee meetings. This six-session video course is filled with free resources from many of the leading Christian generosity experts.