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Articles to help you develop and lead your stewardship ministry, and stewardship tips you can pass on to your congregation.

Empty Nest or Revolving Door?

Adult children are living with their parents more and more frequently, for a number of reasons. This can place a strain on the parents’ finances – not to mention on the relationships! Podcast host James Lenhoff highlights some key areas of communication to help with both.

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Financial Considerations of College

Is going to college right after high school the best option for my child? Is THAT college the best choice? And how will it be paid for? These and other key questions are often answered with unspoken assumptions – resulting in a mountain of debt. Learn the keys to open, early, and ongoing communication in making these important decisions.

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Stewardship Lane: Legacy

Generally, people are in one of 3 Lanes financially. In the third lane, we’re “well off” – making progress and building net worth. In this lane, we have an opportunity for legacy. Legacy isn’t just a financial inheritance we leave behind – it’s all about the impact we make as stewards of God’s resources, both during our lives and beyond.

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Teaching Kids About Money, pt. 3

Major milestones like college, moving out, and getting married pose significant financial challenges for our kids – and for us. Navigating these junctures successfully requires open, honest communication. These watershed moments can be times of great stress or times of great empowerment toward independence.

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Teaching Kids About Money, pt. 2

Teaching our kids about money is a key part of discipling them. And an important component of that is enabling them to make decisions with money. Just like a toddler learns to walk by falling, we learn about money by making mistakes. If we can empower our kids to make mistakes while the stakes are small, we can protect them against larger ones later.

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Teaching Kids About Money, pt. 1

Our kids are learning about money. Either they’re learning the ways of the world from their friends, from marketers, and from the culture – or they’re learning God’s ways from us. Discover the importance of discipling our children in this key area.

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Are You Underspending?

Do you underspend? It sounds like a virtue, spending less than we plan. But consistent underspending can reveal a tendency to depend on money for security and can hinder generosity. Discover if this may be an issue for you; and if it is, learn how to adjust.

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Making Financial Decisions (pt. 3)

We all encounter financial setbacks – and if we’re honest, we probably wish in hindsight that we had responded better. But unexpected crises trigger us emotionally and keep us from thinking things through. Prepare to respond more thoughtfully when the next crisis hits!

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Stewardship Lane: Clarity

Most people are in one of 3 Lanes financially. In the second lane, we’re making ends meet, keeping up with bills. But are we progressing toward financial freedom? In this lane, we need clarity to understand our financial situation and identify next steps of Biblical stewardship.

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Making Financial Decisions (pt. 2)

Financial mistakes. We all make them. But often, those mistakes become patterns that we don’t recognize. Why do we make the same mistakes repeatedly? Why do we swing over to make exactly the opposite mistakes? Learn how to move beyond shame over past mistakes to recognize their causes and make different decisions in the future.

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Making Financial Decisions (pt. 1)

Most of our financial decisions don’t begin with numbers. The numbers are simply reflections of our realities and our priorities. Learn some key factors that influence our financial decisions and how to respond more intentionally.

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Handling Financial Setbacks (pt. 2)

If we’re not prepared, financial setbacks can impact our lives in multiple ways. We can panic and make unwise decisions in a desperate struggle for stability. Or, we can take a step back and prayerfully consider alternatives. Learn how to respond wisely to unexpected setbacks.

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