Archive for July 2008

Is Your Pastor Managing Money Well?

As I travel and teach at a variety of churches, it is always important for me to understand if the pastor and the church staff are managing their money following biblical principles.  I mean, if the pastor is blowing all of their money without a plan, 100% financing everything, and unable to say "NO!" to a purchase, then it is impossible for them to stand up with any credibility and teach biblical principles such as:

Proverbs 13:22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children. (Long-term saving!)

Proverbs 13:11 … He who gathers money little by little makes it grow. (Invest!)

Proverbs 22:7  The rich rule over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Avoid debt.)

Romans 13:8  Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another … (Always pay off debts that you owe!)

Not too mention the Parable of Talents (Matthew 25:14-30 – sound money management) and Giving (Malachi 3).

I have said it many times in the Financial Counseling Experience training that the number one reason NewSpring Church has a successful financial counseling ministry is the fact that Perry (senior pastor) lives this stuff!

So the question today is:  If you are a pastor or a church leader, are you managing money the way that God commands you to?

The question for everyone else (and today's poll question) is:

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My pastor manages money (to the best of their ability) as the Bible directs
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If you need help getting your finances in order, the financial counseling team at NewSpring Church is passionate about helping people.  You can request financial counseling HERE
 
I am also passionate about helping churches and businesses take their finances to the next level.  If your church or business is interested in having me come and teach, you can contact me HERE.

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A Great Question To Ask

I had the opportunity to meet with Chris Kakaras this week.  He is a young man who is passionate about helping people manage their money God's way.  One of the key groups that he speaks to are college students, and I had the opportunity to review some of his materials when we met.

There was a section of questions in his training that really caught my eye.  It was good.  Very good.

Here is one of the questions (participants in the class are required to answer these questions).

Did you eat today?  YES    NO

If YES is the answer, then you are blessed and have enough.

So basic, but SO TRUE!

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Don’t Do This

I wonder how many people are currently at risk of having an article like THIS ONE written about them?

This is why I am in favor of "cash envelopes" and not "cash socks".

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Financial Learning Experience and FREE DOWNLOADS!

Financial Learning Experience

I am PUMPED to be teaching the Financial Learning Experience again here at NewSpring Church Anderson Campus on Saturday morning, August 2nd, from 9:00AM – 11:00AM.  There is limited seating this time around, so invite your friends and family but register NOW.

The class is free, but you need to register in advance.  To register, fill out the contact form HERE and say that you "want to attend the Financial Learning Experience on August 2".  If you are registering more than one person, be sure to include each person's name in the contact form.  You will receive a confirmation e-mail back from Katie saying that you have been assigned to the class.

I Was Broke. Now I'm Not. Group Study Guide

AWESOME! 

Home Group Study

I am on a crusade to help others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.  I am on a mission to teach 100,000 people by October 2011 (first five years of doing this full-time).  This home group study helps allow me achieve the mission.

I am a huge believer in learning within the bounds of a home group.  It is where I can engage in vigorous debate, be challenged in my own personal thoughts, and be held accountable to personal goals.

I can't wait to hear the stories of life-change that take place all because small groups of people decided together to take their finances to the next level.