Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation


“Building financial resources for ministry.” The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation serves the financial stewardship and investment needs of churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania, Baltimore-Washington, and Peninsula-Delaware conferences, providing valuable information, education and investment management services consonant with United Methodist principles. Their services include stewardship education and planned giving counsel. Their goal, as a ministry partner, is to help the conferences and churches invest, grow, manage and utilize funds for enhanced ministry to achieve the denomination’s mission to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”


Envisioning “financially healthy conferences, congregations and leaders to multiply God’s work in the world,” the Foundation’s mission is to “Educate church leaders about effective stewardship and grow financial resources with our ministry partners.” They strive for excellence, transparency and socially responsible investing.

An independent organization, the Foundation, is headquartered at the Eastern PA Conference Center. For information contact them at 484-762-8247, or email jackbrooks.mafoundation@gmail.com.


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Financial Leadership Academy (FLA) is the premier stewardship training program of the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation. Admission is by nomination from leadership. Since 2015, over 100 Clergy have graduated from this selective program. The Foundation is now seeking nominees for the next FLA.

Who Should Attend

  1. Pastors and churches eager to move the church from good to great through stewardship
  2. Large and mid-size churches exploring new funding options for ministry
  3. Newly appointed pastors assigned to financially vulnerable churches requiring team building
  4. Seasoned pastors willing to develop future lay leadership teams for church management
  5. Top Conference churches and pastors interested in endowing a legacy for the future

High quality authors, presenters, and certified coaches are the cornerstone of the Academy’s process. Clergy and laity are educated in advanced financial leadership skills and then together implement a customized action plan for the church with the assistance of a certified coach. The goal is to change the culture of generosity while improving financial practices. Past participants have demonstrated proven results while they earn CEU credit. In the face of denominational change, there is no better education program offered to sharpen your personal financial literacy and understanding of today’s donor.

Should You Attend? Words from a Graduate

“It is no secret that the institutional church is waning.  Prophetic – proactive measures are being espoused by the Financial Leadership Academy.  Leadership excellence is what the Financial Leadership Academy inspires. Additionally urgency and a hedging against complacent coasting are cultivated.  Enroll. You will not regret it.”

James E. Carver, FLA Graduate

Sanctuary UMC

How to Nominate or Self- Nominate a Church and Pastor

Nominees may be directed to Frank Robert, Associate Director of Education by email to FrankRobert.mafoundation@gmail.com or call 410-309-3475

FLA Website: https://midatlanticfoundation.org/education/financial-leadership-academy/

Application: https://midatlanticfoundation.org/education/financial-leadership-academy/fla-application/ Admission is by nomination from leadership.

Dates and Topics:
  • Session 1: Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2019Personal Finances
  • Session 2: Nov. 11 – 13, 2019Stewardship
  • Session 3: Feb. 17 – 19, 2020Fund-Raising by Non-Profits and Creating and Administering a Planned Giving Program
  • Session 4: April 23-25, 2020Best Financial Practices for Congregations
  • Sessions 5-8: Saturdays (June 13, 2020; Sept. 19, 2020; Nov. 14, 2020; and Marc. 13, 2021) — Action Plans

Staff Contacts

Jack Brooks

Jack Brooks
Executive Director, The Mid-Atlantic Foundation
P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820
Phone: 800-828-9093; Fax: 610-666-9093

Frank Robert
Associate Director, The Mid-Atlantic Foundation
610-666-9090 ext. 1015
or (410) 309-3475

Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation Staff

Tracy Brown
Admin. Assistant, The Mid-Atlantic Foundation
(484) 762-8211

The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation

The Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation has been established by merger in 2010 for the purpose of fostering and supporting benevolent ministries in the name of Jesus Christ, and to serve as an extension of the religious, charitable and educational endeavors of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and the Baltimore Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. We are incorporated under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of Pennsylvania exclusively for charitable purposes and are intended to be a public charity under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as a 501(c) non-profit corporation. Continue Reading

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