Events and Registration

Graduates of the Seminary frequently return to the campus for conferences and seminars. These are opportunities to learn and connect and experience a renewal of sense of vocation, a commitment to excellence in pastoral work and in stimulating studies, collegial attitudes in which a supportive and safe environment for learning can be engendered, and a commitment to practical theology. Continuing education conferences and seminars are announced through the annual Events Calendar published each summer.

Money Matters

Thanks to a grant provided by Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary offers a series of workshops throughout the academic year designed to address economic and administrative challenges that face future ministers and faith leaders.

Details on Louisville Seminary's 2019-2020 Money Matters for Ministers Series are below.

Read more about Lilly Endowment, Inc.

For more information, contact Debra J. Mumford, Frank H. Caldwell Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Money Matters for Ministry Program, at (502) 992-5454 or dmumford@lpts.edu. To register for any of the seminars, contact Melisa Scarlott at mtscarlott@lpts.edu.

Community Based Money Matters 2019-2020

Beginning September 11, Money Matters will partner with the Rev. Dr. Marion Miller and the good people of Wesley United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to embark on a journey to financial freedom and accountability. Times of each of the seminars is from 6-8 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:00 – 5:45 during the first six seminars (throughout the financial fast). The journey will start with a 21-day financial fast using Michelle Singletary’s book, The 21-Day Financial Fast. Singletary encourages her readers to free themselves from the capitalistic trappings of debt and materialism by developing a monthly budget that helps them reach their financial goals.

During the financial fast, participants are challenged to:
  • Not shop or use credit cards to purchase anything
  • Not buy anything that is not a necessity
  • Not go to the mall or retail stores to shop for clothes, shoes, jewelry, nonessential household items, I-tunes, Amazon, Wayfair, etc.
  • Not window shop
  • Not eat out at any restaurant, fast food or anywhere else
  • Not go out to the movies
  • Not purchase movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.
  • Not buy gifts or gift cards (not pledge to buy gift after the fast)
The point of the fast is to begin to develop new spending and saving habits that they will use long after the fast has ended.

During the nine-month period, participants will develop and monitor progress on their personal budgets and gain deeper understandings of saving, investing (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), wills, trusts, power of attorney, managing credit card and student loan debt, and saving for retirement.

First-year students are required to participate in full twenty-one day financial fast or attend at least three seminars of their choice during the nine month period. All Louisville Seminary students are encouraged to participate.

Students can meet requirements for participating in the twenty–one day fast by:
  • Attending the 9/11, 9/18, and 10/9 seminars at Wesley, UMC in Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • Making a personal budget (guided by instruction on 9/11 and 9/18
  • Following the guidance of the Singletary book and keeping a journal of their spending during the fast (journals and books will be provided)
  • Participating in discussion about fast on 10/9 @ Wesley
  • Signing up for participation with Melisa Scarlott by Thursday, September 5
First-year students who cannot participate in the fast can attend at least three other seminars of their choice during the nine-months of the program.

Address for Wesley United Methodist Church (Wesley @ the bridge)
1201 Thomas V. Bryant Drive
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Marion Miller

Community Based Money Matters Schedule

DATESWORKSHOPSPRESENTERS
9/11/19
  • Introduction Meeting
  • God and Money
  • Mental, Spiritual Preparation for Financial Fast
  • Sign Pledge Forms
Debra Mumford
Marian Miller
9/18/19
  • Introduction to making a budget
Marie Holmes
9/25/19
  • Begin Fast
  • Live According to the Budget
  • Setting Financial Goals
  • Check In – Small Groups
Marie Holmes
Terra Watkins
10/2/19
  • Managing Debt: Credit Cards, Student Loans
Marie Holmes
Terra Watkins
10/9/19
  • Check In – Small Groups
  • End of Financial Fast
Marie Holmes
10/16/19
  • Medicare
  • Discussions / Testimonials
Carla Baxter
Video Recording
Testimonials
10/23/19
  • Check In – Small Groups
  • Investing Seminar
    Stocks and Mutual Funds
Fermon Owens
Terra Watkins
11/6/19
  • Investing Seminar
    Bonds, Other
Fermon Owens
11/20/19
  • Christmas Spending Budget
  • Work on Financial Goals for 2020
Marie Holmes
12/4/19
  • Work on Financial Goals for 2020
Marie Holmes
12/18/19
  • Review 2020 Financial Goals
Marie Holmes
 1/8/20
  •  Retirement Planning I
 Fermon Owens
 1/15/20
  •  Retirement Planning II
 Fermon Owens
 1/29/20
  •  Health Insurance
 Carla Baxter
 2/12/20
  •  Check-in Small Groups
 Marie Holmes
 3/11/20
  •  Life Insurance
 Fermon Owens
 4/8/20
  •  Medicaid/Long-term Care
 Carla Baxter
 5/6/20
  •  Wills/Trusts/Power of Attorney/
    Guardianship/Medicaid
 Anita Harden
 6/10/20
  •  Pulling Together a Complete Financial Plan
 Marie Holmes

Additional Money Matters Seminars

Money Matters for Marriage and Family Therapy Students
How to Set Up a Private Practice
October 2, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Nelson Hall 119 Money Matters fr Second- and Third-Year Students
How to Read Financial Statements
November 29, 2019, 11:30a.m.
Location TBD Roberts Rules of Order
March 24, 2020, 11:30 a.m.
Location TBD