Thinking Outside the Box: Finances for African American Churches

Learn best practices and real-world strategies for thriving in the changing world of African American church finances. The conference includes presentations and workshops from knowledgeable experts in church finance, plus a free video tool kit.

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  • 21st Century Models of Church Financing
  • Entrepreneurial Financing
  • Building and Funding Your Operating Budget

Workshop Presenters

Jacqueline Jones-SmithRev. Jacqueline Jones-Smith
Senior Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg, Florida

Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Senior Consultant, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Distinguished Professor of Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Sidney WilliamsRev. Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr.
Bethel AME Church, Morristown, New Jersey

Additional Presenters

Rev. Dr. Asa J. Lee
Associate Dean for Campus Life; Director, African American Church Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership; James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) and Professor of Urban Ministry, Wesley Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Lora Hargrove
Interim Pastor, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Rockville, Maryland