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Is “Opting Out” An Option?

Over the past six years working at the Board of Retirement, I have had many discussions with ministers about opting out of Social Security. Some of those discussions were with young ministers contemplating the possibility, while other discussions were with older ministers who wished they hadn’t opted out. In these discussions, I learned most people…

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Common Mistakes Pastors Make With Church Finances

Many pastors spend years digging into the Scriptures, caring for the members of their congregations, and learning new ways to share the gospel with a lost and dying world. However, few pastors spend much time researching business management skills and financial management. It isn’t really in their vocation to do so, yet we often times…

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Helping A Minister With His Taxes

The greatest privilege of my life was to pastor a local church. When I was younger, I never dreamed I would become a preacher. After graduating high school, I entered college to prepare for a long career in healthcare. I pursued those plans and worked in various positions for 14 years. Yet, God had a…

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Ripple Effects

Growing up in church, the idea of giving back to the Lord was taught regularly. When I began working and earning income for myself, I tithed and continue to tithe from my income as part of my worship to God. As churchgoers, we often miss the reasons God asks us to give because we look…

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The Farmer

The farmer is a steward of the land. The farmer is a conservationist of natural resources. The farmer invests his time, sweat, blood, and money to produce a harvest. The farmer lives out the blessing of the first God-ordained job: tend the garden. The farmer endures the curse of man’s sin by beating back the…

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Goals for Retirement

Everyone knows a person needs to save for retirement. Maybe you’ve even enrolled in your company’s retirement program. And maybe you have a portion withheld from each paycheck into your retirement account. But do you know how much you need to save for retirement? Income Several things must be considered to determine how much you…

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Emergency Fund: Why You Need One

One of the greatest tools to keep people out of debt and constant financial crisis is an emergency fund. It doesn’t matter how well you plan things in life or how much money you make, no one knows what is going to happen. A transmission goes out. The refrigerator stops cooling. A child takes an…

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Setting Them Up For Success

It is the time of year when resolutions are made, and goals are set. We identify things we want to achieve, areas we want to improve, and things we want to stop. Maybe you already know what your New Year’s resolution will be, or maybe you have been thinking about it but haven’t settled on…

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Re:Invest Podcast and Resources

The action of reinvesting is to invest again or anew. Reinvestment, from a financial viewpoint, is the practice of using dividends, interest, or any other form of income distribution earned to purchase additional shares or units, rather than receiving the distribution in cash. The Re:Invest Conference is based on the idea of reinvesting into the…

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Clarity From Crisis

During the height of crisis, it is hard finding a way forward, as if we are looking through a darkened window. Most people are ready for 2020 to be over. It has been a hard year for most everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to its knees in many ways, at least for…

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