Jason Coker

Training Courses

After 15 years in church leadership I went to work full time in the nonprofit sector as a marketing and fundraising specialist from 2009-2013. I gained hands-on experience raising large gifts and grants from philanthropists, foundations, and government agencies. I learned first-hand how the best nonprofits approach philanthropy in order to thrive, even in the midst of the Great Recession.

I believe these are lessons every church pastor needs to learn. So I offer two courses and one-on-one consulting to church leaders who want to understand best practices for cultivating generous communities of faith. These lessons are adapted from what I learned in my time as a professional fundraiser. I now use these practices in my own church and teach them at the university levelBut you can learn these practices in small group designed especially for church leaders like you.

Church Philanthropy Courses

Church giving is down, but charitable giving is up

Church giving in America is sinking fast while overall charitable giving is on the rise. As a result, American churches are struggling more than ever. Not so long ago, charities looked to churches as models for cultivating generosity – but that time has passed. Today, the field of philanthropy has embraced what many churches are slow to realize: we live in an increasingly post-Religious society where givers are motivated by a different set of values and expectations.

Learn how to reverse this trend in your church

The strongest charities in the world have developed philanthropic practices that enable them to thrive, even in the toughest times. Many of these practices fit perfectly within a gospel-centered community. You’ll learn:

  • How to foster enthusiastic giving instead of reluctant tithing.
  • How to cultivate major giving from non-members outside your church.
  • How to grow multiple sources of charitable revenue, including from grant sources and social enterprise.
  • How to effectively ask for big gifts from major donors.
  • How to tap into the biggest transfer of wealth in human history before its too late.

I don’t teach you tricks for squeezing more money out of people. You will learn proven practices for tapping into the rapid growth of charitable giving in a way that is relevant to a culture of increasing skepticism.


Each cohort is limited to a maximum of ten students.

You’re not alone, so why not learn together?

Each learning cohort is limited to just ten church leaders. This is your chance to learn these skills alongside other leaders who are thinking in creative and innovative ways about their mission. We’ll gather for 8 one-hour video-conference sessions. Exercises and interaction between sessions will re-inforce what you’re learning and help you put these concepts into practice right away.



Church Philanthropy 101: $300

8-Sessions, Starting the Week of June 19-23

Church Philanthropy 101 is the basic course. Over 8 one-hour sessions, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of fund development and how to apply those to the unique context of post-Christendom church communities. Each learning cohort is limited to ten church leaders, so you’ll be learning with a small group of practitioners whose collective experience creates an invaluable learning community. Click here to inquire about available space in this course.

Church Philanthropy 201: $300

8-Sessions, Starting the Week of June 19-23

Church Philanthropy 201 is the advanced course and focuses on learning how to cultivate major gifts from Kingdom-minded philanthropists. Over 8 one-hour sessions, you’ll learn how to recognize potential major donors, how to cultivate an authentic relationship, how to ask for big gifts, and how to engage them as long-term funding partners for your work. Each learning cohort is limited to ten church leaders. Click here to inquire about available space in this course.


Consulting: $100 Per Session

I also offer one-on-one consulting to help you with your fund development goals as a minister. Consulting is tailored to help you address your specific needs and can be done over the phone or via video-conference. Click here to inquire about consulting availability.



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