Stewardship Transformation pt. 4: Finding Your Why

August 6, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 4: Finding Your Why In our last three newsletters, we've highlighted Michael Hyatt's strategy for setting and achieving goals from his "Best Year Ever" seminar and have...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 4

August 6, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 4: Stewardship Ministry We've been talking this year about ways to help spread the Stewardship word in your church - through social media, training classes, and coachi...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 3

June 4, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 3: Coming Alongside with Coaching There are a number of ways to encourage members of your congregation in their stewardship journeys. We've talked previously about u...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 3: Designing the Future

June 4, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 3: Designing the Future In our previous newsletter we talked about completing the past, which helps us to understand why we are where we are - financially or in life in...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 2

April 9, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word, Pt. 2 In our last newsletter, we talked about the value of spreading the stewardship word through multiple communication methods available to your church. Keeping steward...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 2: Completing the Past

April 9, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 2: Completing the Past "Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it." So goes the proverb, and it applies to our finances as well as to any area of lif...


Spread the Stewardship Word pt. 1

February 5, 2017

Spread the Stewardship Word, Pt. 1 As a stewardship leader, you have been entrusted with the responsibility and privilege of sharing financial wisdom with your congregation. But how exactly do you do...


Stewardship Transformation pt. 1: Limited or Liberated?

February 5, 2017

Stewardship Transformation pt. 1: Limited or Liberated? Many in your congregation have probably made several starts at getting their finances in order. Some of them are discouraged at repeated failur...


3 Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Christmas

December 4, 2016

News You Can Use: 3 Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Christmas Christmas is one of the great "budget-busters" of the year, and can be a major source of financial stress for your congregation. Goo...


A Better Gift for your Children

October 8, 2016

News You Can Use: A Better Gift for your Children According to T. Rowe Price's 2016 "Parents, Kids, and Money" survey, parents commonly overspend on their children. This year's survey of just over 1,...


The Dangers of Co-signing Student Loans

August 28, 2016

News You Can Use: The Dangers of Co-signing Student Loans “Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else. If you can’t pay it, even your bed will be snatc...


Saving for a Rainy Day

April 11, 2016

News You Can Use: Saving for a Rainy Day Since our Biblical Financial Principles this month center on saving, we thought we'd dive a little deeper into a key element of saving - Emergency Saving - by...


Looking at Student Loans through Untinted Glasses

February 4, 2016

News You Can Use: Looking at Student Loans through Untinted Glasses Last August, we included an item regarding student loans and the burden they place on young adults and families. A recent President...


Surviving Black Friday: How to set a budget and stick to it

December 13, 2015

News You Can Use: Surviving Black Friday - How to set a budget and stick to it Black Friday (so named because of its effect on retailers, not its effect on consumers) has come and gone.  But many of...


Inviting Others to the Feast

December 13, 2015

News You Can Use: Inviting Others to the Feast The Christmas season affords us much-needed opportunities to reconnect with family and express our love. We connect over meals, celebrations, and exchan...


How is your College Student Doing Financially?

August 18, 2015

News You Can Use: How is your college student doing financially? It's August, and the school year is rolling around again. Incoming freshmen new to the college scene, seniors getting ready for their ...


IRS Hacked; 100,000 Tax Accounts Compromised

June 19, 2015

News You Can Use: IRS Hacked; 100,000 Tax Accounts Compromised The IRS has announced that criminals gained unauthorized access to its "Get Transcript" application between February and mid-May. Approx...


A Taxing Decision

January 31, 2015

News You Can Use: A Taxing Decision This time of year, most of us turn our thoughts to taxes.  We've gotten most of the information we're supposed to receive (most of it is due to us by law by Jan...


The Cost of Christmas

December 11, 2014

News You Can Use: The Cost of Christmas The Christmas season is the most expensive time of the year. 25% of all personal spending in the United States occurs during the holiday shopping season, begin...


Stewardship on the Web

October 9, 2014

News You Can Use: Stewardship on the Web Generosity is about much more than the offering plate. It's about the hearts of God's people - hearts of compassion, of joy, of obedience. Hearts that reflect...


Credit Card Conundrums

October 9, 2014

News You Can Use: Credit Card Conundrums We've recently become aware of yet another major security breach at a high-volume retailer. This time, the victim was Home Depot, which recently admitted that...


Why Credit Cards Trump Debit Cards

August 3, 2014

News You Can Use: Why Credit Cards Trump Debit Cards (by Matt Bell from his blog - www.soundmindinvesting.com) For many years, popular personal finance teaching, especially in churches, has stee...


Wealth Building Secrets of the Millionaire Next Door

August 3, 2014

News You Can Use: Wealth Building Secrets of the Millionaire Next Door (by the editors of Kiplinger Finance) http://finance.yahoo.com/news/wealth-building-secrets-millionaire-next-140818123.html ...


Year-round Stewardship Ministry and the Good $ense “Freed-Up Resource Calendar”

August 3, 2014

News You Can Use: Year-round Stewardship Ministry and the Good $ense "Freed-Up Resource Calendar" Good $ense has put together an informational and planning tool to assist you with scheduling financia...


Avoid Skyrocketing Energy Bills!

June 11, 2014

(as posted in POPSUGAR Smart Living.) Although the electricity bill probably isn’t one of your biggest expenses (compared to your rent or mortgage), it’s definitely an expenditure you can reduce....


Stewardship as a Vocation

June 11, 2014

by Catherine Malotky: Like you, I am a stewardship leader in my congregation. Sometimes I wonder why we work at stewardship in congregations. Of course we have to pay the congregational bills, and fo...


Discover the Value of Your Stuff

June 11, 2014

News You Can Use: Discover the Value of Your Stuff by Savvy Living’s Jim Miller: I inherited a large number of antiques and unique art from my great aunt and I would like to find out what some o...


5 Steps to Take Control of Your Personal Finances

February 5, 2014

Author: Brittney Castro via Entrepreneur.com When I started my financial planning career seven years ago, I quickly learned that the people who were financially successful were the ones who dedicat...


Why Americans’ Efforts to Save Still Don’t Add Up (Infographic)

February 5, 2014

The good news: Most Americans have a savings account. The bad news: It's not enough. According to data compiled by independent research firm Next Advisor, 25 percent of U.S. families reported having ...


Learn what it takes to work at a Fortune Magazine “Best Company”!

February 5, 2014

From the February 3, 2014 issue of Fortune: "Our list of the 100 Best Companies to work for looks at the factors that make a workplace wonderful, from the salaries and perks to the splash companies ar...


How to Avoid 5 Common Holiday Shopping Pitfalls

November 26, 2013

Most of us are planning to spend a little more on holiday shopping this year — an average of more than $1,000, according to data recently released by Discover, and Americans are again looking to squ...


Kids average $15 a week in allowance

September 30, 2013

Kids are raking in an average of $15 a week in allowance, according to a recent survey. But money earned isn't money saved, and a majority of parents say their kids are spending their allowance just ...


How I talk to my spouse about retirement

September 30, 2013

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Pope Francis: Idolizing money is the root of all evil

September 30, 2013

September 20, 2013 “People will say, 'But Father, I read the Ten Commandments and they say nothing about the evils of money. Against which Commandment do you sin when you do something for money...


Upside Down Car Loans

July 30, 2013

USA TODAY reported that many auto buyers owe more on their cars than they are worth. Edmunds.com says 40% of new-car buyers are "upside down," with an average negative equity of $2,200. It's a growin...


This is Your Brain on Money

July 30, 2013

A New York Times article reported on the emerging field of neuroeconomics, in which researchers are looking at how the brain works when it comes to financial decisions. They’re scanning the brains o...


When 0% Interest is a Bad Deal

July 30, 2013

The Wall Street Journal discussed news of another credit card industry ploy: 0% financing for life on balance transfers. Aimed at stopping people from moving their balances from card to card, chasing ...


The real budgets of McDonald’s workers

July 30, 2013

A recent article on CNN Money reveals: These four McDonald's workers shared their monthly budgets to show how their spending stacks up to the controversial McDonald's sample. A budget planning guid...


From Idea to Action

May 18, 2013

Never underestimate the power of a single learning experience. Back in June of 2012, Nathan from Share Save Spend led a learning event for alumni at my alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. ...