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Introducing The Saving Grace Financial Curriculum—a biblically-based, Wesleyan tool that can help you and your congregation members reach personal financial goals!

This 4-hour Introductory Event will:

  • acquaint you with the curriculum,
  • provide the text and tools you need to address the topics of saving, earning, giving, spending, and debt,
  • offer helpful strategies for achieving a sustainable financial life for you, but also…
  • inspire you to host the six-week curriculum in your congregation and as an outreach opportunity to your community.

By attending, you will:

  • Walk through each section of the curriculum so you can see the content, hear how it’s been facilitated and feel more confident in either attending a more in-depth six week session for yourself OR offering this as a fall program opportunity for your congregation members.
  • Receive Continuing Education Units (CEU’s), and
  • Be entered into participation drawings for lots of great things!

Please note: You will not be required to provide or offer any personal reflections or financial information.

Come join us, and invite a friend along, too (someone who might be willing to lead or co-lead this at your local church / organization)!

Dates and Times

The Saving Grace Financial Curriculum – Introductory Event will takes place:

  • Monday, July 26, from noon to 4:00 p.m., Central time.

Registration and Fee

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Register now!

The registration deadline for the July 26 event is July 20.

Registration cost is just:

  • $15 for the first person and includes one workbook

Each additional person is just $10 more and all registrants will receive a workbook.

Additional Saving Grace Financial Curriculum materials are available for order.

The link to attend virtually will be sent to you within one week of the event date from Margaret Sanders, Meeting and Event Planner.

How to View and Participate

You will receive the link to attend virtually within one week of the event.

  • You can “attend” by smartphone or computer—so you can participate from anywhere!
  • A web camera is not necessary for the event but will be helpful for the breakout sessions as you will be able to see the other attendees at your breakout table. The ability to be visible at the table with your table guests will help your session be more interactive and engaging. You will also be able to interact via chat and polling opportunities.

Special Offerings / Opportunities

  • Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) awarded for attending this event. This certificate will provided to you via email after the completion of the event.
  • Participation Drawings – just for attending this event, your name will be added to a “hat” and four people will be awarded at each event. If you would like to not participate, please let us know through the registration process.

Schedule for Monday, July 26

12:00 p.m. CST—Event Starts

  • Welcome and Opening Prayer
  • Introductory Remarks
  • Highlight of Sessions:
    • All Manner of Good
    • Tracking Expenses and Income
    • Giving and Saving
    • Understanding and Eliminating Debt
    • Spending
    • Adjusting the Spending Plan
  • Review of the Clergy Workbook Sessions
  • Delivering the Session at Your Congregation / Organization
    • Tools, Resources, Support

4:00 p.m. CST—Event Ends

  • Closing Prayer and Sending Forth

Meet the Presentation Team!

Presentation Team for Monday, July 26

  • The Reverend Cary James, Senior Pastor, Sharp Street UMC, Baltimore-Washington Conference
  • Janet Jamieson, CFO / Treasurer, General Board of Discipleship
  • Susan Salley, Associate Publisher, United Methodist Publishing House
  • The Reverend Dr. Katharine Yarnell, Executive Director, Iowa UM Foundation
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Rev. Cary James, Jr.

The Reverend Cary James, Jr., is an Elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist and has served in pastoral ministry for over 20 years. He has served as a church planter, in congregational and community development, youth pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor. He has served Reid Temple, Emory Fellowship, Sharp Street Memorial and is currently the senior pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Rev. James serves as chairperson of the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, Conference Investment Committee, Council on Finance and Administration, Financial Coach and Facilitator for the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation’s Academy for Church Finance and Financial Leadership Academy and Facilitator for Wespath’s revitup! and Clergy Benefits Academy. He is married to Andrea Smith James and proud father of Caleb Jabari and Nevaeh Monique. Rev. James was called by God from saving the planet as an Engineer to saving souls and the planet as an EarthKeeper!

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Janet Jamieson

Janet Jamieson has a passion for working with congregations and clergy to develop faithful and transparent ways of dealing with money in the church. She has a Master's of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in both public accounting firms and in higher education. She was Associate Professor of Accounting and the Director of Summer School at the University of Dubuque for fourteen years. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for Discipleship Ministries (General Board of Discipleship) and The Upper Room. Janet is married to Philip Jamieson and together they have authored two books on money in the church.

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Susan Salley

Susan Salley is an Associate Publisher with Abingdon Press in Nashville. Her areas of work at Abingdon include inspirational books, church-wide initiatives and media-based study. Before entering the world of publishing, Susan led marketing research at a consulting firm working with clients as far-ranging as Dollar General and Bridgestone and HCA. She received her MBA at The Owen Graduate School of Management but finds her time growing up as a preacher’s kid to be one of the most important parts of her education. She is a native of Louisiana and now makes her home in Nashville, TN.

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Rev. Dr. Katharine Yarnell

Katharine is serving as the Executive Director of the Iowa United Methodist Foundation, after serving Lutheran congregations in Kansas, and then shifting into financial stewardship and Estate planning for Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is delighted to put the pastoral and financial pieces together. She has a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, as well as her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive), and AiF © (Accredited Investment Fiduciary) designations. She is married to Rev. Ron Yarnell, who serves a 4 point United Methodist charge; they have one daughter.


E-mail an event team member:

Tori Luke at [email protected]
Margaret Sanders at [email protected]
Renee Smith-Edmondson at [email protected]