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Goals, Benefits, and General Information

The Bible says everything is owned by the Lord (1 Chronicles 29:11-12), yet we find it difficult to believe that we are not the owners of the material blessings and talents with which we have been blessed. It is a challenge to understand the freedom we possess as stewards.

The FSMP ministry provides trained Christian financial mentors that come alongside you and your family to help you take control of your finances and gain a new sense of peace and freedom. Grounded in biblical principles, the FSMP provides methods, practices, teaching, and accountability designed to help individuals free themselves from financial bondage. There is no charge for the program. However, the program requires a significant time commitment and demands a change in thinking and practices related to managing finances. It is intended for those who truly desire to improve and change their financial situation.

The program has two components, a technical component focused on your finances, and a spiritual component focused on biblical principles of stewardship. While there is no homework for the spiritual part of the program, a renewed emphasis on daily time spent in prayer and reading of scripture may also be an additional time commitment for some. The technical portion does require additional tasks and research outside of the weekly sessions.

Before beginning the program, you will be asked to sign a Participant Agreement that explains your responsibilities in undertaking this program. It also presents the responsibilities of FSMP. You will receive an FSMP handbook, and a Hearts and Minds Spiritual Manual, which are yours to keep. Each week, you’ll read a chapter from the technical handbook as you prepare for the meeting with your mentors.

Throughout the Program’s duration, your technical and spiritual mentors help you through the struggle of tackling your specific major financial issues as you learn to effectively steward the resources God has entrusted to you.

Technical Program

One day each week for ten weeks, a pair of trained mentors will meet with you. If you are married, they will meet with you and your spouse. Children living in the home are encouraged to attend and participate, as well; we encourage you to discuss this with your mentors during the initial session. Meetings take place wherever you keep your financial records. The purpose of the meeting is to put an effective household financial system in place and help you manage financial challenges you are facing. Each session lasts from 1½ to 2½ hours depending upon the complexity of a particular financial situation. The homework and preparation required between meetings amounts to another one to two hours per week. The sessions cover the following information and activities.

  • Session 1- During the first meeting, you and your mentors put together or update your personal financial statement and debt terms schedule. This enables your mentors to understand your financial situation and develop an action plan.
  • Sessions 2 through 4- You and your mentors establish an accurate and efficient financial system for your household using our proven methods.
  • Sessions 5 and 6- These sessions are devoted to setting up and implementing the Project, Prioritize, and Pay system that will help you make Godly choices and decisions to manage your finances. Your mentors will hold you accountable to these principles as you make financial transactions through the remainder of the program.
  • Session 7- You will focus on increasing income.
  • Session 8- This session addresses how to sacrifice.
  • Sessions 9- This session prioritizes debts for repayment.
  • Session 10- This session analyzes methods to prevent and minimize expenses and reduce risk into the future.

Spiritual Program

Before or during the same ten-week period, a pair of trained spiritual mentors will meet with you for five weeks, two hours per week, to study God’s principles of stewardship. The spiritual program focuses on three things:

  • Reviewing and discussing scripture to learn what God says about finances and stewardship.
  • Learning through audio lectures how God’s stewardship principles affect us and how to incorporate these principles and practices into managing your household.
  • Thoughtful prayer for the issues facing you and your household.

Who May Participate?

The FSMP is available to all willing to follow the Christian principles of stewardship regarding their finances. The number of openings is limited and prospective participants who have completed one of the following biblical financial studies will be given priority, on a first-come, first-served basis.

It is not a requirement to have completed one of these studies and many who go through the FSMP have not done so.

Program mentors are volunteers and put in many hours traveling to homes and assisting those whom they mentor. Therefore, we ask our enrolled participants to remain committed and invest the time necessary to complete the program.

Program Supplies

The FSMP pays for your books and supplies so there is no cost to you. Mentors volunteer their time and there is no cost to you for their assistance.

Time Commitment

We ask for a significant time commitment which includes the meetings with your mentors, plus study required to prepare for the next week’s technical session. We estimate an average time commitment of five to six hours a week. This includes meetings, homework and addressing specific tasks coming out of the weekly sessions. Our experience has shown that an intense and focused program is the best way to help others learn and put into practice God’s stewardship principles and gain control over finances.

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