Are Your Church’s Investments Doing Good?
By Ken Sloane
Before an army of English teachers and editors “rises up” to correct my grammar, what I’m really asking is whether money invested by your local church is making a positive impact on the world. Do your investments reflect the values of your church and our denomination? Aren’t these supposed to be doing good?
Wespath is well-known across the church as the body that takes care of pensions for clergy and other church employees. Another part of Wespath works to manage institutional investments for organizations with a Methodist connection. They professionally manage funds for many of our United Methodist Foundations as well as annual conferences and other church-related organizations.
Karen Manczko is a friend who works on the investment side of Wespath’s ministry for the church. She has a passion for helping church institutions see the best possibilities for investments and the opportunities to invest well while making a positive impact. Karen recently shared an excellent blog on the power of values-aligned investing and how well it would connect with the teaching of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. The link is included below.
As you read her blog. I hope you will consider reaching out to the United Methodist Foundation that serves your annual conference (click for help finding it) and discuss with them the possibilities of strategizing your investments to align with Wesley’s General Rules for Methodists: “1. Do no harm. 2. Do good. 3. Stay in love with God.”
Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.