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.


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


2021-2022 Course Schedule:

Volunteers in Service:
September 24-25, 2021

Legal Aspects of Governance:
October 15-16, 2021

Effective Communication and Handling Conflict:
November 12-13, 2021

Marketing and Community Presence:
January 14-15, 2022

Financial Management for Effective Service:
February 11-12, 2022

Fundraising Aspects of Stewardship:
March 11-12, 2022

Graduate Testimonials:

Volunteers in Ministry

Marketing and Community Presence

Fundraising Aspects of Stewardship

Financial Management for Effective Service

Effective Communication &
Handling Conflict