Jump directly to the Content

Preventive Financial Counseling

Too many people don't know how to handle money. I remember a survey that asked this question: "How much more income would you need to be comfortable?" The across-the-board answer was 20 percent.

Most of us feel we have a need for more. A pastor should be sensitive to this, whether counseling an engaged couple or an established family about to relocate. Since financial counseling TV a p pastor should be preventive, I've used six principles to help people stay free from the bondage of indebtedness.

1. Learn contentment. God isn't against having things Paul told Timothy that God made all things for us to enjoy. The problem is that until we're content with what we have, we won't properly enjoy new things.

2. Learn to fight extravagance. I enjoy a meal in a restaurant, but try not to overdo it. A new couple came to our church, and my wife and I took them to lunch one day. We had clipped some two-forone coupons from the newspaper, so we asked the couple, "Would you mind if we use these coupons ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe to Christianity Today magazine. Subscribers have full digital access to CT Pastors articles.

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Pinched Paychecks
Pinched Paychecks
Survey: Pastors, church staff nationwide see slight pay declines.
From the Magazine
Our Pulpits Are Full of Empty Preachers
Our Pulpits Are Full of Empty Preachers
Tens of thousands of pastors want to quit but haven’t. What has that done to them?
Editor's Pick
Why Suffering Belongs in Our Sermons
Why Suffering Belongs in Our Sermons
Matthew D. Kim believes addressing pain is part of a preacher’s calling.