What a difference a year makes, right?! A year ago, I promise you I was not thinking about where I left my face mask, where I could grab a bite to eat, or even where to use a restroom when traveling. Unfortunately, these and so many others, were ordinary occurrences that we took for granted. Because I like to find value or the lesson in everything, it got me thinking, what have I actually learned during my time in the “Q” (quarantine).
Typically, around this time of the month I get pretty excited to share with you either some insights into the church’s finances or something that’s been on my mind that I think will be helpful for personal finances. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, so much of what we normally do has been altered. That’s why last month I thought it would be helpful to share some practical tips on how to prioritize your finances, especially if you are in crisis mode. You can read that post here if you missed it. Like so many of you, this extended time at home is forcing me to watch, listen, read, and engage in ways that I usually don’t, at least not in a long time. [Read more…]
If you have read any of my posts over the past few years, you know that my wife Diane and I are passionate about helping people get out of debt, stay out of debt, and providing the tools to create a financial future that is filled with generosity and peace. On January 26, 2020 we launched our Winter session of Financial Peace University.
By far the largest class we have ever hosted at Sunridge, there were over 100 people that committed themselves to this 9-week program. As a class, they had over $2.8 million dollars in non-mortgage debt and over 265 credit cards. From my perspective, they were so engaged and so excited to start working through the 7 Baby Steps toward financial peace. The class was ready to learn about retirement planning and that is when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted everything. Not just FPU was disrupted, but the way we all were accustomed to doing everything. [Read more…]
Although Sunridge was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1989, it was not until May of 2003 that Sunridge moved into our current home at 42299 Winchester Road in Temecula. It was such an exciting time in our church’s rich history. We were able to watch the amazing transformation of our new facility from a warehouse in the industrial part of town into a beautiful, functional place of worship [Read more…]
On January 19, 2020, I had the privilege of speaking in front of our church on a Sunday morning. Normally, I prefer the behind the scenes aspects of ministry, but because this opportunity allowed me to share two things I’m most passionate about, Jesus and eliminating debt, I thought it might be worth the risk to step out of my comfort zone. In the message, I shared my testimony, which is Christian-speak for my story of how I came to know Jesus. Then a little later, I think I coined a new word and shared my “debtimony,” which is [Read more…]
There are many reasons that our Christmas series, “Advent Conspiracy”, resonates with me, but the primary reason is the idea of foregoing the chaos and stress usually accompanied with Christmas and replacing it with hope, peace, and rest. According to the Advent Conspiracy website, over one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) is spent on globally each year at Christmas. [Read more…]
As the finance team puts the finishing touches on the 2018-19 fiscal year at Sunridge, it provides me with the opportunity to look back and reflect on what God has accomplished in and through Sunridge the past twelve months. Even though the actual giving did not meet budget, it did not prevent us from making huge strides forward this year. Here are just a few examples you may have missed: [Read more…]
Recently I attended an interactive workshop held by Thrivent Financial for church leaders on how to engage different generations through generosity. As with most interactive workshops, the speaker had to find ways to encourage participation with the attendees through various activities and questions. The first exercise was to use a lump of Play-Doh to sculpt something that reminded you of an experience with generosity. I was shocked [Read more…]
For a little over 17 years I have made it a priority to set aside Friday mornings to meet with friends to share our lives, keep each other accountable, and of course, pray for each other. While the location, time, and number of people in this group have changed over the years, there is one constant throughout, [Read more…]