The Showcase below is a collection of videos that tells the story of the January 2019 Gathering First Fruits National Summit. It includes video of plenary sessions, short videos shown at the event and a set of documentary-style videos of interviews with several project leaders. Scroll down for a User’s Guide.

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Guide for Videos

The User’s Guide is intended to help project leaders, coordination program directors and other stakeholders tell their own stories as part of an emerging movement to address the economic challenges of ministry.

Click to download and print (6 pages with helpful links).



Fostering Wellbeing in Ministry by Matt Bloom, PhD

PDF here

Financial Issues Facing Clergy in the United States: Results from National and Denominational Surveys by 

Kirk Hadaway & Penny Long Marler.

Powerpoint here and WORD document here.

Pre-Summit Materials

Gathering First Fruits Summit Annotated Directory

The directory of projects has been prepared for participants of Gathering First Fruits: National Summit on the Economics of Ministry to provide information about projects represented at the event in January 2019. Click here to download a PDF.

Gathering First Fruits Pre-Summit Readings

The enclosed articles and stories were re-published to help prepare participants for the national summit in January 2019. Click here to download a PDF.

Pre-Summit Readings Links

Most of the main articles in the “Pre-Summit Readings” are excerpted from previously published work:

  1. Lilly Endowment’s 2015 Annual Report featured an article from which the opening story in the Pre-Summit Readings, “Money Matters: Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders,” was excerpted.  Read the full article here.

  2. To read the full article by Jo Ann Deasy from which the excerpt, “Virtuous Cycles: Supporting Future Ministers,” comes, click here.

  3. C. Kirk Hadaway and Penny Long Marler engaged both the collected research produced by ECFPL planning grantees and national economic data to produce this 2017 ECFPL Research Report.