Jesus spoke often of money and how to handle it responsibly because it is important in developing our faith—especially our relationship with God. Since money/treasure is a sensitive subject and is interpreted differently from church to church, FPCB’s Whole Life Stewardship Committee created an educational tool called the Statement of Christian Financial Responsibility (SCFR). This document, developed from scripture, was unanimously adopted by the Session, Pastors, Trustees, and Deacons in 2011. READ MORE.
Our mission is to facilitate, from a biblical perspective, the financial literacy and well-being of our congregation and local community through counseling and education, so that they may have the skills necessary to adequately provide for their families and thereby have the ability to gladly support the Lord’s work in a meaningful way.
The vision of the FCT is to introduce you to biblical financial principles that will help you manage your financial struggles. These principles lay a foundation for financial independence and will help you understand how the God who loves you wants to help improve your life financially as well as spiritually. Team members would like to meet with you in person or over the phone to confidentially address your financial situation, answer your questions and provide the help and support you need on a pro bono basis. Additionally, from time to time, the team members will teach classes that will help educate you on bible-based financial principles that will help prevent future financial difficulties.
FINANCIAL COUNSELING TEAM
We here at First Presbyterian Church Bethlehem (FPCB) are passionate about living our lives according to the Word of God in all areas of life. The Financial Counseling Team (FCT) is composed of Christians who have a head for numbers and a heart for helping people.
Worship (Topical sermons on God & money)
- The importance of putting God first in your financial life
On-going Personal Counseling Sessions
- By FCT members (appointment only)
Ongoing Educational Programs
- Topics cover all ages and all phases of life from a faith-based perspective
- The highly acclaimed “Dave Ramsey - Financial Peace University Course” (9 weeks)
Topical Financial Classes
- Spending plan/ Debt elimination
- Insurance Strategies—the importance of proper insurance protection; Life Insurance, Health, Auto, Home, Wills, Living Wills, Trusts, Medicare, Long-term Care, and Disability
- Retirement Planning—the importance of Mutual Funds, Annuities, IRA, 401(k), the need to diversify, and biblically responsible investing
- College planning—529 plans, Coverdale Accounts, and UTMA
- Special Needs Planning
- Government Programs / Social Security
- Estate Planning, Planned Giving and Tax Reduction Strategies
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who are the members of the FCT?
The FCT is made up of a group of individuals with varying professional experiences that qualify them to give financial guidance, such as: CFP’s, CHFC’s, CPA’s, Business and Education professionals.
The team members include: Mike Baittinger, Seth Beaver, Larry Becker, Marie Boltz, Jim Brown, Eric Dowdle, John Edwards, Juan Kauer, Troy Knauss, Jo Mayers, Andy Roman, Rob Touzeau, Will Velekei, and Phyllis Wertman.
How do you get in touch with a Financial Counselor?
We recognize that it may be difficult for some people to share their financial struggles with members of the congregation. Please do not let that deter you from seeking help and getting on the road to financial freedom. There are several ways to get in touch with a Financial Counselor:
- Call or email Andy Roman, FPCB Planned Giving Officer: 610-867-5865 x215, email@example.com, or email John Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org, for a confidential interview.
- Call the church office: 610-867-5865
What does the financial counseling service cost?
There is no cost to you! The service is free.
Do you have to be a member of FPCB-ECO to use the services of the FCT?
No. About 20% of the people we serve are not members of FPCB.
Do you have to be financially challenged to use the FCT?
No, we have advised several families that have a net worth of well over $100,000.
What types of services will the FCT provide?
Help or advice with financial issues such as creating and staying within a budget, mortgage and refinancing options, debt reduction, smart saving, and prudent spending.
How many people has the FCT served?
Since the FCT began in April 2009, we have served about 150 people, 50% are females, 34% are couples, and 16% are males.
OUR TEAM IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
If you (or someone you know) have a head for numbers and a heart for helping, please e-mail John Edwards.
FINANCIAL FREEDOM COURSE
Crown Journey Ministries to Financial Freedom is a 6-week small group Bible study that we offer each year. In this study, you will learn about God’s perspective on finances and how to better manage what God has entrusted to you.
This video-based small group curriculum will inspire you to manage your finances in a way that enables you to live in freedom from the bondage of debt and respond joyfully to God’s calling on your life. View Crown Financial’s Money Map HERE to get started. For more information, or the specific dates and location of the next class watch our Events page or e-mail Linda Bartholomew.