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How do you want to spend “the rest of your life”?

Quite honestly, we can answer that for everyone. We all have things in life about which we are passionate, and we want to spend our lives on those things when it is time to change gears. No matter how old we are, no matter how much income […]

2018-09-13T18:02:32+00:00 September 13th, 2018|

Boring May Be Better Than Exciting!

This week, our post is to the point and brief. Building wealth is better done slowly! While focusing on building wealth slowly may emotionally equate to boring, the outcome will normally be much more gratifying.

Choose investments that are more easily understood. Choosing investment options that seek to limit downside risk often results in solid long-term results. Remember, the dramatic accumulation of wealth occurs after many years of […]

2017-10-03T02:16:16+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|

Where Will Your Income Come From in Retirement?

Last week we focused upon the basic question anyone needs to ask about retirement. “What income will I need when I cannot, or will not, be involved in full time work?” Everyone will come to a point in time when the skills and abilities diminish to a point others may do our job better. No one escapes the aging process, and some will experience this earlier and […]

2017-09-26T02:59:17+00:00 September 26th, 2017|

What Income Will You Need & Have in Retirement?

Have You Calculated Your Retirement Need?

A rule-of-thumb that many have used to plan for retirement is that an individual or family will need 70% of their pre-retirement income to sustain the quality of life in their retirement years. That was the conclusion of The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College as they sought a proper income replacement amount.1 Barry S. Warner, CEO of Informed Family Financial […]

2017-11-09T02:40:15+00:00 September 19th, 2017|

If Your Goal Is Flexibility…You Need to be Unbending

Over the recent past, I have had the opportunity to have many conversations with a cross section of people about their individual financial situations. That is not unexpected when you are serving as the CEO/Administrator of a Pension Plan, served for more than a decade in the financial services industry, and in ministry. One of the primary questions asked is, “Am I (Will I be) in a […]

2017-11-09T02:40:15+00:00 August 29th, 2017|

Should Ministers Opt Out of Social Security? A Definitive Answer….maybe

How Did We Get to Where We Are?

The relationship between Social Security and those serving in ministry has been a difficult and confusing one. Should ministers opt out of Social Security or not? Until 1951, those serving in nonprofit organizations were not allowed to participate in the government sponsored program.

In that year things changed, and ministers were given the option of entering the Social Security system. Unfortunately, […]

2017-11-09T02:40:15+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|

Learning From as well as Responding to Events in Charlottesville

On Saturday August 12, the daily news cycle was consumed by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. As the clash between white supremacists and counter protestors intensified, a normally peaceful city became the center of world media reports. It remains there as of this writing.

Exchanges between people of faith have become testy at best. Followers of Christ are judging one another’s faithfulness on a) whether their condemnation […]

2017-11-09T02:40:15+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

You Must Have Structure In Your Financial Life!

If you fail to plan, you fail…

Both Benjamin Franklin and Sir Winston Churchill have been credited with the oft repeated proverb, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”1 Approximately 2000 years ago, Jesus spoke of the wisdom of thinking clearly about the future. He said no one would attempt to build a tower without a solid estimate of the cost and no king would go […]

2017-11-09T02:40:15+00:00 August 8th, 2017|

The terms don’t matter. Answers matter!

Last week, we began by looking at a 2015 survey that analyzed the personal financial situations of more than 4,000 pastors across the USA. Grey Matter Research & Consulting concluded that an alarming number of pastoral families suffer financial stress.1 More recently, GuideStone Financial Resources released a report detailing four mistakes ministry families commonly make that sabotage their financial well being.2

Whether someone labels mistakes as sabotage or […]

2017-11-09T02:40:15+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

The Christian Churches Pension Plan is Stewardship For Your Future

The NEED for Personal Stewardship

In 2015, a survey was commissioned to study the personal and congregational financial situations of more than 4,000 pastors across the USA. The results were, in a word, alarming. Ninety-two percent identified a lack of retirement savings as a major personal concern. Thirty percent reported having absolutely no personal savings, either emergency or retirement. Seventy-six percent knew others who had left the ministry […]

2017-11-09T02:40:15+00:00 July 25th, 2017|
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