Money, Values and Congregational Life: In these challenging economic times, how do we make good financial decisions? We will talk about budgets as key documents that should reflect the congregation’s mission, and about how to create budgeting processes that effectively utilize the congregation’s mission, objectives and values. We will focus his session on values-based budgeting and how congregations can make good financial decisions even when choices are challenging. Many JRF congregations currently face painful challenges about where and how to allocate limited funds. How does a board go through decision-making processes to make necessary budget adjustments or cuts during tough times? How can congregations be successful in creating a dues structure that is in line with the best of its Reconstructionist values. How do we link budget processes with a congregation’s mission, objectives and values. Rabbis Shawn Zevit and Mordechai Liebling discuss the uses and variety of Jewish values-based approaches to money and other resources in congregational life.
This year we ask participants to deepen their learning by signing up for both sessions on a given topic. The follow-up to this session is Tues. April 12 noon EST. Please register separately at www.jrf.org/pearl
Listen to the audio while viewing the power point below:
Part 2 (goes with session 2: http://jrf.org/pearl/2011/Money-and-Values/2)
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, www.rabbizevit.com is a congregational consultant and Director of Outreach and Tikkun Olam for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. He is the Co-Director of the award-winning Davennen Leaders Training Institute and is a spiritual director for many clergy. A recording artist he has also written and developed resources in the areas of Community Building, Leadership, Prayer, Contemporary views of GOD, Jewish Men's issues ("Brother Keepers: New Essays in Jewish Masculinity), and Money and Jewish values ("Offerings of the Heart: Values-Based Approaches to Money in Faith Community". Rabbi Zevit moved to Cleveland in 2009 to be with his wife Simcha and family, continuing his work for JRF from there.