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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.

Haga clic aquí para recursos en español.

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.) Disponible en Español
  • 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.).