Ministers' Financial Vitality Initiative

Creating Financially Vital Ministers
A financially vital UCC authorized minister is one who not only anticipates and plans for economic changes, but is ready to strategically respond when financial challenges arise in their own life and the life of their ministry setting.

Ministers' Financial Vitality Initiative (MFVI), a five-year Faith and Personal Finance program of the Pension Boards, empowers UCC ministers with the financial tools and strategies they'll need to manage their personal and educational debt so they can serve their ministries more effectively.

MFVI will support ministers from historically-underrepresented groups within the denomination such as, but not limited to, people of color, LGBTQ persons, people living with disabilities, and clergy under 30, but any authorized UCC minister can now apply.

MFVI was made possible by a $1 million grant awarded to PBUCC by the Lilly Endowment's National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. The Pension Boards was awarded a second Lilly grant in late 2019 that allows us to expand the program to include all authorized UCC ministers. Here is a summary of the program elements:

  • MFVI Program One: Engages a selection of 60 UCC authorized ministers per year for three years to commit to a three-year personal finance education curriculum, including a yearly financial incentive, and no-cost financial planning and counseling through Ernst & Young Financial Planning Services (EYFPS).
  • MFVI Program Two: Helps 100 selected UCC authorized ministers achieve financial vitality through provision of one-time grants, up to $1,000, with the employing congregations committing to raising a matching amount.

Click on the Application menu above to apply.
Click here to review the three-year curriculum for MFVI Program One, or view presentation.

For more information about MFVI, please contact Randy Garrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..