The Clergy and Church Financial Ministry (C2FM) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

#GivingTuesday inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and give back in impactful ways to the charities and  causes they support. This year #GivingTuesday occurs on November 28.

Our one day goal is to raise $25,000. Your gifts to C2FM will be matched dollar for dollar by a grant from the Lilly Endowment and will help eliminate financial management barriers (personal and professional) among clergy and lay leaders. Visit to make your donation.

C2FM is an initiative created out of a partnership between the Missouri United Methodist Foundation and the Lilly Endowment, Inc. C2FM addresses economic challenges affecting clergy in Missouri. “The services include education and coaching,as well as direct aid for clergy facing acute financial challenges,” states Chris Bouchard, C2FM Director. “It’s all about helping clergy be better at their craft.”

The program also assists pastors in starting financial ministries within their respective congregations, including the popular Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. “We actually have some unchurched people who had a need and… have become part of the class,” states Reverend David Stewart. “When you begin to have those conversations, people open their hearts up and… God can do something amazing.” 

Bouchard explains that the larger goal of the program is healthy congregations. “The first step in that process is equipping pastors and lay leaders with the tools they need to lead more effectively.”