Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
In our inaugural year as Global Institute of Church Management, we are proud to participate in Giving Tuesday. Please consider giving the gift of Church Management education to support our programs and help us build a culture of accountability and transparency in the Church.
Why We All Need Church Management Education
Within our Church community, there is an urgent need to develop business management skills within our priests, religious, and lay people. Consider:
- Most priests have no formal education in finance or management, but by the time they are in these positions, they frequently lack the time to get the training they need
- Financial responsibilities can divert precious time away from the pastoral services that only a priest can offer, but many priests lack the training to know who to delegate these responsibilities to or how to provide appropriate oversight
- Financial mismanagement is almost always present in cases of abuse, including sexual abuse. Equipping more Church leaders with financial and business education is one of the best ways to create a culture of accountability and transparency
We started the Global Institute of Church Management to support and grow the accessible business management education pioneered by our flagship Program of Church Management. In 2021, we look forward to welcoming more students to Rome, many of whom need scholarships. We are also working to establish similar programs at universities in the US and Asia, making this critical training accessible and affordable for more dioceses and religious orders.
We know there are many demands on your time and resources at this time of year. I ask that you consider a gift to the Global Institute of Church Management so that we can equip our priests, religious, and lay people to serve more effectively.