“The Church & Financial Literacy class at MCUTS has brought inspiration and clarity to my soul. These last few weeks helped me develop a strategy for a savings plan. I can finally see the goal of becoming debt free!” – Kim-
“The Church & Financial Literacy class has been huge for me! It has enlarged and enhanced my vision of mission work. . . It has changed the way I see the community. When I drive down the street, I feel more compassion and care.” – Jean –
The Oaks Project at MCUTS seeks to encourage a movement of church-based, relational ministry among the economically poor. The Church & Financial Literacy course equips students to lead in this movement by launching a biblical financial education program in their church or ministry that emphasizes both basic financial content and the life-giving message that God has designed each one of us as His stewards over His world. The Church & Financial Literacy course has two specific goals:
- Help MCUTS students improve their own financial practices and understanding of biblical stewardship
- Learn how to lead the Chalmers Center’s nationally-renowned Faith & Finances program in their communities
Students in this course practice the basics of budgeting, learn tips for repairing credit, and hear the world-shattering message that Jesus is making all things new, and has chosen to use US and our MONEY as part of His work.
But equally as important, students learn how to take these tools and this message back to their communities by becoming certified facilitators of the Chalmers Center’s Faith & Finances course. This 12 week biblical training is designed to help even very low-income adults become better stewards of their finances. And as part of the certification process, our MCUTS students learn every aspect of launching a financial education ministry, including:
- Tips and tools for facilitating engaging learning sessions with adults
- Technical content related to budgeting and basic finance
- Creating a strategic plan to mobilize and train volunteers to serve as “allies” who walk with Faith & Finances participants in relational ministry
Students trained through The Church & Financial Literacy course won’t just bring a financial education ministry to their church. They’ll bring a fully-contextualized ministry plan designed to mobilize their church to walk with the marginalized in relational ministry over time through a financial education ministry. The Oaks Project believes that students at MCUTS can lead the church in Memphis in a movement of kingdom-minded, church-based care for low-income neighbors and neighborhoods. We believe Faith & Finances and The Church & Financial Literacy course are key components of this movement.
Both degree-seeking MCUTS students and those simply interested in getting certified to lead Faith & Finances can take the Church & Financial Literacy course. To find out how you can get certified, email Michael Rhodes: firstname.lastname@example.org
This opportunity is part of The Oaks Project at MCUTS.
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