The Academy of Church Leadership

About the Academy of Church Leadership

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The Academy of Church Leadership welcomes pastors, church staff, and lay leaders of all denominations to participate in our virtual Fundraising Conference.

Pastors and church staff must be adept at leading finances. Increasingly, the financial demands of even small congregations are becoming more complex. The Conference will include presentations on clergy compensation, tax law, financial controls, and much more. Our conference will provide attendees with the skills necessary to effectively lead the financial structure of your church.

Conference Details

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is broken up into three summer sessions. The first session has passed but there’s still time to register for the remaining two events. These sessions are free to participate but RSVP is required.

Second Session: July 22, 2020, 11am-1pm
Topic: Best Practices in Church Fundraising Campaigns
Presenter: Dr. Wesley E. Lindahl, Ph.D.

Third Session: August 19, 2020, 11am-1pm
Topic: Planned Giving
Presenter: James W. Murphy, M.A.

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Our Programs

The Academy offers academic programs, including a certificate in church administration and a joint MDiv/MBA or MNA.

Joint MDiv/MBA or MNA Program

Certificate Program

50% Tuition Reduction

As part of a long-standing commitment to keep education affordable, North Park University offers funds to qualified pastors, church staff, and lay leaders, plus non-profit and alumni tuition discounts. Beginning in the Fall of 2018 students who enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Church Administration will receive a 50% Tuition Reduction for the courses in that program.

Alumni Spotlights

Isaac Chong

Isaac Chong, MDIV, began the Certificate in Church Administration program after realizing that he was underprepared for the complexities of administering a church. “I believe this program is particularly important for pastors who are running administrative, governance, or financial aspects of their church, and I wish more seminaries included these classes!”

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Latonya Latimore

Latonya Latimore, a Chicago native, was looking for a program that would support the work of the youth and children’s ministry program that she and her daughter had just founded. “When doing my research for nonprofit programs, I was drawn to North Park’s ability to offer online courses and Top 10 listing for nonprofit management education.”

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Mark A. Smith

Mark A. Smith came to North Park University to become a strategic leader in full-time ministry with a focus on business and finance. “My leadership competency has been strengthened, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about healthy HR practices for churches and nonprofits, strategic management, risk management, and volunteer management practices.”

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Isaac Chong

Isaac Chong, MDIV, began the Certificate in Church Administration program after realizing that he was underprepared for the complexities of administering a church. “I believe this program is particularly important for pastors who are running administrative, governance, or financial aspects of their church, and I wish more seminaries included these classes!”

Read More About Isaac

Latonya Latimore

Latonya Latimore, a Chicago native, was looking for a program that would support the work of the youth and children’s ministry program that she and her daughter had just founded. “When doing my research for nonprofit programs, I was drawn to North Park’s ability to offer online courses and Top 10 listing for nonprofit management education.”

Read More About Latonya

Mark A. Smith

Mark A. Smith came to North Park University to become a strategic leader in full-time ministry with a focus on business and finance. “My leadership competency has been strengthened, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about healthy HR practices for churches and nonprofits, strategic management, risk management, and volunteer management practices.”

Read More About mark

Conferences & Workshops

Professional development in finance, management, and leadership.

Event Calendar

Contact Us

Timothy O’Brien, PhD, Program Director, The Academy of Church Leadership
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Rochelle Robinson-Levant, Associate Dean, School of Business and Nonprofit Management
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About the Lilly Grant

Awarded to North Park to provide programming for church leaders.

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