Clergy Family Initiative

Three Program Presentations Offered to Orient the Church on the Clergy Family Initiative

All presentations and programs are offered at no expense to the Clergy, Metropolises or the Archdiocese. That is, speaker travel, hotel, miscellaneous expenses, and honoraria, if applicable, are fully covered by our Lilly Endowment Grant, The National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders.

1) For Clergy

Dr. George Koulianos, the Clergy Initiative’s Main Presenter, provides a half-day program, for the Clergy, lasting 4 to 5 hours long. The Program would include a review of the Clergy Initiative and the Ministerial Excellence Fund followed by a Financial Literacy Program based on the Dave Ramsey Program (Financial Peace University) with our Financial Advisor. There would be worksheets for Clergy and Presvyteres to use at home.

The Following is a Sample Program:

9:00 AM-9:10 AM Welcome & Opening Prayer Priest
9:10 AM-9:40 AM Why Do We Need a Clergy Initiative George Koulianos
9:40 AM-10:30 AM Introduction to Savings, Debt, Management, and Budgeting Financial Advisor
10:30 AM-11:00 AM Breakout: Budgeting Challenges Panel
11:00 AM-11:15 AM Break  
11:15 AM-12:00 PM Planning for Your Future: Buying a Home, Career Transition Planning for Education, Retirement and Investing Financial Advisor
12:00 PM-12:30 PM Breakout: Retirement Planning Panel
12:30 PM-1:15 PM Ministerial Excellence Fund Update George Koulianos
1:15 PM-1:30 PM Closing Remarks and Prayer Priest


2. For Lay Leaders at Clergy-Laity Assembly

Provide a 90-minute program, 80 minutes to discuss the program and another 10 minutes for Q&A, to the Lay Leadership at your Clergy-Laity Assembly. The Program includes an overview of the Clergy Initiative Program as well as a review of our research findings and our Ministerial Excellence Fund.

3. For Metropolis Lay Leadership

Provide a 1-hour program to the Metropolis Lay Leadership on the unique challenges our Clergy and their families face. This program is similar to #2 above, but on a smaller scale. The most important part of our program is lay education on the unique calling that is the Priesthood. It is so important to change the hearts of the laity if we are to truly have a systematic change in our Church.


"Working this program TOGETHER has been life changing! For the first time we have solid guidance and proven success to give us hope and a future…It feels amazing to be coming back to life and we are so grateful for the helping hand that the Lilly Endowment has afforded us through this Grant."


We invite you all to view the Clergy Family Initiative video of your particular Metropolis.

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We encourage the beloved Clergy of our Archdiocese to apply for the Clergy Family Initiative Financial Literacy and Grant Program.

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It is our heartfelt prayer that, as Parish Lay Leaders, you will learn more about the ministry of your Priest, and his personal challenges, and the need to grow as co-workers in sharing the Ministry of Christ.


It has been shown that this program benefits the financial health and well-being of the priest and his family, and by extension, their parishes and parishioners."

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America


The Clergy Family Initiative Parish Council Training Videos