Faith-based Nonprofit Workshop Series for Innovative Church Folk

Have you, in the midst of exploring a new idea, uttered the phrase, “I didn’t learn how to do that in seminary!” Have you wondered “What does it even mean to draft practices for financial management oversight in a way that is faithful and theologically sound?” 

We have been listening to creative colleagues and graduates and thinking hard about how the skills of non-profit management are needed in the church, but also in need of adaptation for faithful use in the church context rather than the market place. So, we are gathering nine leaders to lead a virtual three-part Faith-based Nonprofit Workshop Series for creative leaders via Zoom.

Covering topics like human resources for staff and volunteers, theologically-grounded funds development, and responsible community engagement, we are hoping to get at the day-to-day skills that are informed by but not necessarily covered in theology courses, and are perhaps best learned alongside practice once you are in the midst of the work. Participants will receive a survey prior to the training so that their particular questions and contexts can be addressed, and the learning will be collaborative rather than in webinar format.

Offered the the Seminary's Center for Adaptive and Innovative Ministry, the course will run 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. Feb. 14, March 14, and April 11, 2022, with a cost of $100 total for all three sessions for non-students (participation is free for enrolled students). We would love to have you join us!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Karen Rohrer, director of the Center for Adaptive and Innovative Ministry, at 412-924-1412 or



Topic Schedule

Feb. 14, 2022, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Internal Teams and Structures

  • Board Standards and Effective Meetings
  • Financial Management
  • Mission Statement Building

March 14, 2022, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Resources and Sustainability

  • Self-care
  • Volunteer Management and HR
  • Funds Development

April 11, 2022, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET

Partners and Collaboration

  • Responsible Community Engagement
  • Marketing and Visibility
  • Networking in the Church
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