Best Skills Best Churches

Best Skills Best Churches

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California is partnering with Arizona State University, Lodestar Center to provide Best Skills – Best Churches, an innovative program designed to help you grow and strengthen your church.

The next class will be held Fall 2025-Spring 2026. If you are interested in receiving more information and updates about the next program year, please click the button below to let us know.

Course Description:

This exciting program is designed to meet the professional needs of leaders of nonprofit and public organizations. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

This is a six month program with classes held one weekend a month on Friday night (6:00pm – 9:00pm) and Saturday morning (9:00am – 12:00pm.). There are 6 courses that will consist of 2 classes per course (Fri & Sat).

Graduation Requirements:

In order to graduate and obtain your certificate, you must attend all 12 classes. ASU will allow you to miss up to 2 classes, however in order to receive your certificate, you will have to re-take the missed classes the following year (at no additional cost). If you do not make-up the missed classes the following year, you will have to re-take the entire course at full cost if you would like to receive the certificate.

Cost to Attend:

$400 for attendees from within the Diocese of Northern California

$500 for attendees from outside of the Diocese of Northern California

Registration Deadline for Fall 2023 – Spring 2024:

Friday, October 6, 2023

Refund Policy:

Refund requests received by 10/01/2023 will receive a 100% refund. Requests received by 10/16/2023 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds after 10/16/2023.

2023-2024 Course Schedule:

Volunteers in Service:
October 13-14, 2023

Legal Aspects of Governance:
November 17-18, 2023

Effective Communication & Handling Conflict:
January 12-13, 2024

Marketing and Community Presence:
February 9-10, 2024

Financial Management for Effective Service:
March 8-9, 2024

Fundraising Aspects of Stewardship:
April 12-13, 2024

Graduate Testimonials:

Volunteers in Ministry

Marketing and Community Presence

Fundraising Aspects of Stewardship

Financial Management for Effective Service

Effective Communication &
Handling Conflict