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The Pastor's Toolbox

Pastoral leadership is the fulcrum to leverage excellence in ministry.  This EMU initiative recognizes primary financial challenges for pastors in both their stewardship preparation and personal financial literacy and practice.  The EMU.NJ program will provide resources that establish foundational Biblical stewardship principles, as well as personal stewardship event for pastors new to New Jersey and Milestone events for persons in candidacy, early, mid, and late career venues.

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising Scholarship Application


The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) is a four-day intensive course with a practical application project. The classes will be taught by the Lake Institute from the Indiana University School of Philanthropy at Princeton Seminary September 24-27.  It provides the research, tools, and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The ECRF is made up of the following four (4) one-day seminars, selected readings, and a final project.

Seminar one: Nurturing Generous Congregations & OrganizationsThe capstone seminar will explore how the faith community talks about money, generosity, and the faithful use of possessions. In this seminar, participants are encouraged to develop a theology of money reflective of their faith tradition.In this seminar you will . . .

  • Learn how to talk about faith, money, and giving with theological integrity.

  • Explore various theologies of money and giving.

  • Discover what your own theological tradition has to say on this subject.

  • Craft a personal theology of faith, money, and giving.

Seminar two: Nurturing Generous Donors

Seminar three: Fundraising as Ministry

Seminar four: Shaping a Theology of Money


The EMU project will provide a $750 scholarship to any pastor who registers for this training.  Scholarship applications are available on the EMU webpage at

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