Lilly Grant to Fund Personal Finance Groups for Clergy

The United Methodist Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a grant from the UMC Clergy Well-Being Initiative.  This award is funded by a grant to the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits of the UMC by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Working in conjunction with the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences, the grant will be used to help establish and fund pilot groups. These groups will focus on personal finance for clergy and will utilize the recently published Saving Grace curriculum.

Over a two-year period, a pilot clergy group will be launched in each of the nine districts of the current Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences. Each clergy person selected for the groups will be given a Saving Grace Leader’s kit in order to offer the class in their ministry setting. Following the completion of the curriculum, individual financial coaching and counseling will be made available to all participants.

Speaking on behalf of the Foundation, Philip Jamieson said, “We are very thankful for this opportunity provided by the Lilly Endowment.  We do believe that this program has the potential to strengthen both individual finances and to help local churches become better stewards of all that the Lord has provided them.”

For more information, please contact Philip Jamieson, President of the UM Foundation for the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences at