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Resources for financial
literacy, management, and well-being

A Financial Literacy, Management & Well-Being Resource

The COMPASS Academy resources inform and empower ministers in biblical financial leadership, stewardship, and well-being. Resources are organized into six categories.

Each category has several sub-topics. This page highlights four featured resources in each category.

Click on category titles for the full list of resources.

Personal Budgeting and Debt Management

  • A free app that helps you manage your finances with budgeting and expense tracking - Mint links to your bank and credit card accounts so you see exactly what is happening with your money.
  • Learn how to take control of your money. A biblically based course in basic personal finances (14 hours)
  • A step by step how-to and multiple articles by Dave Ramsey about the fundamentals of budgeting (1 hour)
  • Online tools for comparing repayment options for your student loans using your own data (1 hour)

Retirement Readiness

Training for Biblical Stewardship

  • Resources available from Generous Church: Training videos, sermon illustrations, epapers, articles
  • Sermons, bulletin inserts, PowerPoint slides, letters, and Bible lessons for a monthlong church-wide stewardship emphasis. (Need to create a free account. Time estimate should include preparation and delivery time.)
  • This six-session program provides a Wesleyan approach to the topics of earning, spending, debt, savings, and giving, along with strategies to achieve a sustainable financial life. (Small group study should include study preparation time and small group meeting.)
  • Dave Ramsey's churchwide stewardship movement
  • A variety of resources including curriculum, videos, articles, preaching/teaching materials, and Excel worksheets (1 - 2 hours)

Communicating Finances as a Leader

  • Stewardship Ministries' free stewardship toolkit that explores gaining and saving all we can in order to live more generously. (Time estimate should include preparation and delivery time.)
  • Brian Kluth's ebook for pastors and church leaders. (15 minutes)
  • Video driven training on eight principles for preaching on money, stewardship and generosity

Local Church Finances

Financial Glossary

  • An independent examination of an organization’s records and accounts to make sure that they show a fair, accurate and legal reflection of the financial position of the company at the accounting date. Audits can be either internal or external.
  • A plan of spending over a certain length of time, based on how much income a person(s) or organization anticipates having.
  • Theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one's trust or belonging to one's employer.
  • A designated portion of a pastor’s salary (officially designated in advance of payment) for the amount actually used to provide or rent a home not to exceed the fair market rental value of the home (including furnishings, utilities, garage, etc.).