INVE$T YC (Young Clergy) promotes financial health and personal practices. Many young clergy begin their ministry with significant debt and don’t have the tools, skills, and experience to budget, save, and eliminate debt. This can interfere with one’s ability to preach, teach, and practice generosity and stewardship in a local congregation. INVE$T YC is designed to help clergy be pro-active instead of re-active. The program also will teach skills for young clergy to manage stress, set boundaries, and establish practices that enable a lifetime of healthy ministry.


If you are interested in participating, and have further questions, contact Kim Ingram (

WHO: WNC clergy age 35 and under

WHAT: A program that includes four events (one overnight and 3 day-long) aimed at helping young clergy develop and maintain life-long practices of financial and personal health.  Registration includes all 4 gatherings and attendance is expected at each of them.

SESSION 1 – Healthy You-Healthy Church
August 27-28, 2015

  • Jim HarnishRev. Dr. James A. Harnish, United Methodist clergy, retired from Hyde Park UMC in Tampa, FL. Author of Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money

o  Earn.Save. Give. at Cokesbury

  • Lodging  ALOFT Hotel in Asheville
  • (registrations will be made for you)
  • meeting at local UMC
  • 2:30 p.m. on Thursday until 3:00 p.m. on Friday

SESSION 2 – Clergy Taxes Can be Taxing
November 5, 2015
TBD, Hickory Area

  • Spouses included at a minimal cost
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SESSION 3 – Fiscal Fitness
February 11, 2016
TBD, Hickory Area

  • Multiplying your Savings, Investing Wisely, Retirement Planning, Resources You Can Use, and MORE, led by The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits educators
  • Spouses included at a minimal cost
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SESSION 4 – Paying It Forward
April 28, 2016
TBD, Hickory Area

  • Future Considerations led by a financial planner and tax lawyer to consider wills, life insurance, saving for your children’s college, and MORE
  • Living a Balanced Life
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Individual Sessions with a Financial Planner – Each participate will receive a one hour session for you and your spouse (where applicable) with a certified financial planner to review your personal situation and talk about future considerations.


Registration will be open on July 1st.  There will be a link from here to the online registration site.  The cost/participant is $100.  The value is $500/participant.  Payment will be by credit card only at the time of registration.  The program is limited to 50 participants, on a first-come basis.  There will be a waiting list.  The cost is non-refundable, but is transferrable to another identified participant. Spouse participation/registration for sessions 2 and/or 3 will be taken at a later time.  Please be prepared to list a roommate preference if desired. The program is open to all Western North Carolina clergy age 35 and under.  The program is 4 sessions and your attendance will be expected at all 4. Your registration indicates your commitment.


For more information, contact Rev. Kim Ingram at or 704-535-2260 x 112.

Funded by a grant from The Young Clergy Initiative