The 3E Lilly Grant is partnering with the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation to offer Best Skills Best Churches

Best Skills Best Churches, offered online, is a graduate/executive level certificate program designed to advance rostered ministers’ and lay leaders’ knowledge and skills for effective management of congregations and ministries.

Download 2023 program brochure

Best Skills Best Churches curriculum covers:

  • Volunteers in Service
  • Legal Aspects of Governance
  • Effective Communication and Handling Conflict
  • Marketing and Community Presence
  • Financial Management for Effective Service
  • Fundraising Aspects of Stewardship.   

Best Skills, Best Churches meets from 6:30– 9:30 pm (except in December from 5:30–8:30 pm) on the following dates: July 11 & 13, August 1 & 3, September 5 & 7, October 3 & 5, October 31 & November 2, and December 5 & 7.


Upon satisfactory course completion, participants will receive a certificate in Non-Profit Management.

Thank you for your interest in Best Skills, Best Churches. This year’s cohort began in July with a full roster of participants from the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain Synods.

For more information or questions, contact Deacon Sarah Bjornebo, 3E Program Director, at