Vocational Ministry Conference

2020 news 1

Pensions and Benefits USA will be among those participating in a virtual conference, Feb. 4-5, 2021, that will explore the impact of the pandemic on the finances of local churches and pastors. The official title for the forum is “The Economics of Vocational Ministry – Living at the Crossroads of Affordability and Calling.”

“It will be a time to share, listen, inform, and cast a vision for carrying on the work of God in the days ahead,” according to Brent Peterson, director of the Wesley Center at Northwest Nazarene University, host of the event. “The financial situation for most pastors is seldom bright, but the advent of COVID-19 has required pastors and local churches to develop unique systems to continue ministry as well as cash flow.”

Scheduled plenary speakers are:

  • Jeren Rowell (president, Nazarene Theological Seminary);
  • David Wang (associate professor of psychology, Biola University and pastor of spiritual formation, One Life City Church, Fullerton, CA); and
  • Melissa Spas (managing director of education and engagement, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy).

Pensions and Benefits USA will offer four workshops by Fidelity Investments and P&B staff as part of the conference. These include:

  • Organize, Plan, and Own Your Financial Future as a Woman;
  • Can I Afford to Retire? Finding Financial Freedom for Your Personal Ministry;
  • P&B-Provided Benefits; and
  • Am I Getting What I Deserve? Structuring Ministerial Compensation.

Besides Pensions and Benefits USA, other sponsors of the event include:

  • Church of the Nazarene Global Education and Clergy Development;
  • Compass Initiative;
  • Nazarene Research Services; and
  • NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership.

For more information or to register, visit this link.