It Takes Money: Church Finances

Discussing church finances can be uncomfortable. But the reality is that money is essential for running most churches today. In the course, It Takes Money: Understanding Your Church’s Finances, learn the basics of financial matters that are vital for leading your church, stewarding its resources well, and ensuring a financially healthy future.

Takes approximately 20 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Church and Ministry Leadership

Course Description

Conventional wisdom says that pastors (or ministry leaders) and money don’t mix. Some pastors roll their eyes or shake their heads when they hear the words like “budgets” or “finances.” The entire topic of church finances can feel very uncomfortable. But there’s another truth that’s even more important: Money is essential for running most churches today. Pastors don’t need to be finance experts, but a basic understanding of financial matters is vital for leading a church. Led by Mike Bonem, executive pastor, business leader, and author of five books on ministry leadership, this course will teach learners the basics of church finances, offering practical tools for financial health in the church. This course’s design takes some of the mystery out of church finances. You won’t become a financial expert, but by the end of the course, you will be equipped to play your part in the financial leadership of your congregation.

Created in partnership with the Church Leadership Institute and FULLER Equip.

This is a part of the Business of Ministry Certificate. 

Meet Your Instructors

Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem is a consultant, coach, author, speaker, husband, and father. He offers a unique mix of world-class consulting and executive leadership experience to help churches, ministries, and their leaders turn vision into results.

Mike works with congregations, denominational bodies, and faith-based non-profits on vision discernment, strategy implementation, and organizational design. He also coaches ministry leaders, helping them grow their capacity. He has developed and taught seminars for the Willow Creek Association, The Purpose-Driven Church (Saddleback Church), Christian Leadership Alliance, and Leadership Network.

Mike served over 10 years as an executive pastor. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, and held executive leadership roles in two businesses. He is the author or co-author of five books on ministry leadership, including his most recent, The Art of Leading Change: Ten Perspectives on the Messiness of Ministry.

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