Bracke Lecture – Darrell Goodwin



Date(s) - 02/07/2020
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lecture Topic:  Ministers Also Deserve a Plate: Addressing the Economic Challenges  Facing Ministers
Guest Lecturer:  Rev. Darrell Goodwin

About the Topic:
Rising theological costs, reductions in scholarship funding, and lower-than-average pastoral salaries are just some of the factors leading to financial challenges among ministers today.  Leading a church and managing educational debt along with other personal financial obligations can be overwhelming for ministers.  In 2016, Eden Seminary, in partnership with the Association of Theological Schools and the Lilly Endowment began a three-year project to help students reduce their educational debt through the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers (ECFFM) Initiative.  Around the same time, the Pension Boards-United Church of Christ (PBUCC) launched the Ministers’ Financial Vitality Initiative (MFVI), intended to increase and improve financial wellness among UCC authorized ministers.

Although these combined efforts have been successful, it has become apparent however that economic justice and financial vitality conversations with authorized ministers must occur earlier in their experience to be effective.  As a result, the PBUCC and Eden are partnering in their efforts to connect some of this information to current students to plant a seed in their financial wellbeing.

About the Speaker:
Rev. Darrell Goodwin serves the Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Conferences as the Associate Conference Minister.  Rev. Goodwin brings to this role over 20 years of experience in pastoral ministry and higher education.  He has served as Pastor and Founder of Liberation United Church of Christ in Seattle (2007-2019) and Everett United Church of Christ (2017-2019).  From 2006-2016, he served in served in several positions in higher education, including Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and Dean of Students. He also serves as a member of the UCC Board of Directors, and the Global Ministries Board. In addition he works with the Pension Boards to assist Authorized Ministers in the UCC with financial vitality.

Rev. Goodwin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Theology from Boston College; a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont; a Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality from Seattle University; and is currently a doctoral candidate in San Francisco Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program.

10:30am  Worship
11:00am  Lecture with Q&A
12:30pm  Lunch

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