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About Money Matters for Ministry


Lilly Endowment LogoThanks to a grant provided by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary offers a series of workshops throughout the academic year designed to address economic and administrative challenges that face future ministers and faith leaders such as budget-setting, financial reporting and accountability, personal/church/nonprofit tax-filing, starting a small business, developing social media strategies, and live-streaming/video recording of services.


Details on Louisville Seminary's 2017-2018 Money Matters for Ministers Series are below.

Read more about Lilly Endowment, Inc.

For more information, contact Debra J. Mumford, Frank H. Caldwell Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Money Matters for Ministry Program, at (502) 992-5454 or email Debra.




Economic Life


Friday, September 8, 2017,  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Scott Williamson

Do you serve the American god of money? This seminar evaluates the ethical implications of living in the US money culture for students who will become church leaders and independent MFT therapists or counselors? Students will evaluate the money culture and assess the coherence of their moral beliefs and practices with that culture.

Scott C. Williamson is Louisville Seminary's Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics.

This seminar is required for all first-year master’s-level students.



Personal Finance


Saturday, September 9, 2017,  10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Janiel Youngblood

Being a good steward of God’s resources starts with being a good stewards of our personal resources. Students leave this seminar with knowledge of how to:

  • Create and manage household budget
  • Check and monitor credit scores
  • Manage credit card debt
  • Manage and selecting car loans
  • Manage student loan debt
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Janiel Youngblood is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Virginia and regular presenter on financial accounting and stewardship at Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary and The School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

This seminar is required for all first-year master’s-level students.



Personal Finance


Friday, September 22, 2017,  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Kathy Minx and Ginger Merkel

Every 21st-century church/nonprofit leader and independent marriage and family therapist/counselor needs to know how to be good financial stewards of their personal finances. Students leave this seminar with knowledge is in the following areas:

  • Insurance and Risk Planning
  • Importance and particulars of Health Insurance
  • Basic Investment
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
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Kathy Minx is Chief Operations Officer of Humana Behavioral Health in Dallas, Texas. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Louisville Seminary.


Ginger Merkel
Ginger Merkel is the Managing Director of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Louisville Seminary.
This seminar is required for all first-year master’s-level students.



Fundraising for Religious Professionals


-Friday, August 25, 2017,  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
-Friday, September 22, 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Melissa Spas and Scott Williamson

Fundraising is an integral part of religious leadership. In this seminar, students learn to:

  • Address the taboo of money-talk
  • Meet cultural challenges and the future of religious giving
  • Navigate the new world of religious fundraising and giving
  • Preach and teach about giving
  • Shape a theology of money and giving
  • Care for donors
  • Tell the story for fundraising
Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the Managing Director of Education and Engagement for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.

Scott Williamson is the Louisville Seminary Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics.

This seminar is required for all second-year master’s-level students.



Couponing 2.0


Monday, October 2, 2017,  12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Brittany Hesson

Do you have budget challenges? Are you looking for ways to make your money go further? Learn how to save money by accessing and navigating apps on your mobile phone. Master of Divinity student Brittany Hesson will expand her Couponing 101 with this Couponing 2.0 seminar and share her years of experience to help equip all of us to use our money much more efficiently.

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Brittany Hesson is a third-year Master of Divinity student and president of Louisville Seminary's Student Government.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by September 23, 2017 to Laura March at lmarch@lpts.edu.

This seminar is open to all students, LPTS staff, faculty and alums. Register with Laura March at lmarch@lpts.edu by September 15, 2017.




Grant Writing for MFT Students


Monday, October 9, 2017,  9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | Lisa Cardwell and Denise Price

State and federal grants are available for a variety of counseling related purposes. Students will leave this seminar with a:

  • Basic understanding of how to write grants
  • Working knowledge of how to administer grants
  • List of state and federal grants related to counseling and therapy
This seminar is required for all Marriage and Family Therapy students.



How to Set a Client-Free Structure


Monday, March 5, 2018,  9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | Aritha Berroa

Setting up a fair and equitable, yet profitable and sustainable, client fee structure can be challenging for new therapists. Students will leave this program with an understanding of:

  • Factors to consider when setting fees
  • Diverse models of fee structures
  • Pros and cons of diverse fee structures
Aritha Berroa
This seminar is required for all Marriage and Family Therapy students. Registration for this seminar is open to everyone. Register with Laura March at lmarch@lpts.edu.
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