Archive for February 2009

Trained Fifteen Financial Counselors!

My team and I trained fifteen financial counselors today!  We trained seven new counselors for NewSpring Church and another eight counselors representing five other churches!

THAT FIRES ME UP!!!

I can not believe that I get to do this for a living.

If you are interested in being trained as a financial counselor, check out the upcoming Financial Counseling Experiences HERE

How Many Times Must I Hear

I heard several times that Crocs were great shoes.  I finally heard it enough that I bought a pair.  They are great!  So great that I wear them everywhere.  Including to Iowa in January in snow.  When I finally tried out a pair, I thought, "Why didn't I listen and take action earlier?"

I heard several times that iPods were incredible.  I finally heard it enough that I bought one.  It is incredible!  So great that I wear it while running, driving, and sitting on an airplane.  When I finally tried out a pair, I thought, "Why didn't I listen and take action earlier?"

"Why didn't I listen and take action earlier?"  This is a question I have asked myself many times after discovering a new thing that enhanced my life greatly.

It applies to my finances.  When I first prepared a written spending plan before the month and the money arrived, I asked myself this key question.

I wonder how many more things I should be listening to and taking action earlier?

I challenge you to ask yourself the same question.

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Financial Counselor Training – THIS SATURDAY!

 

My team and I are training financial counselors this Saturday at NewSpring Church's Anderson Campus (February 28, 2009  9AM – 2PM).  It is one of our most favorite things to do!  We will be training new financial counselors to add to our awesome team here at NewSpring Church.  BUT we will also be training folks from several other churches.

THAT. FIRES. ME. UP!!!!!

I love helping other churches start their own financial ministries so that they can provide PRACTICAL, FREE, and RELEVANT financial tools.  Our communities are desperate for help.  We can help them.

Interested?  If so, click HERE to register! 

Under Fire From Troy Gramling at ChurchPlanters.com

Casey Graham (The Change Group) and I were speaking with our pal from Australia, Will Henderson, about our crusades and we came under fire from paperwads, pencils, and decorative items thrown by chief suspect Troy Gramling.

You can watch the video at Will's website HERE.  I tried to stay on task, but it was DIFFICULT!

What To Do When You Are In A HUGE Financial Mess

I have met a ton of people who are experiencing the harshness of the following two key items:

  • No Plan, No Savings, Piles of Debt
  • Loss/Reduction of Income

Here is what you can do when faced with this situation.

  1. Cry.  It is OK to be regretful for awhile!
  2. Take time to prioritize who will get paid and who will not get paid.  (Read the post I wrote HERE about priority order.)
  3. Write out your goals.  Make sure they are SMART.
  4. Prepare a written spending plan (even if you know that it will not balance to Exactly Zero).  This will allow you to fully understand your "Go Get This!" number.
  5. Take ACTION!

There can be a tendency to just focus on #1 and hope for everything to just work itself out.  Usually, this is not the case.  Recovering from this type of issue is emotional and gut-wrenching, but it requires one to take action.

You CAN recover from the mess!