I am excited about Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University coming to Harvest in January. There will be a free preview on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. and again on January 7th 2007 at 5:00 p.m. I want to encourage every family to enroll in the 13 week class. I am considering offering this class on two nights to make sure everyone can participate.
Here are some alarming statistics take from Dave Ramsey's website WWW.DaveRamsey.com
1. Marital Problems - 37 percent (the highest rate) of marital problems derive from financial situations
2. Cash Flow - 70 percent of all consumers live paycheck to paycheck, meaning they run out of money before the end of the month
3. Savings - The average family would have to use a credit card to pay a $1,500 unexpected expense (ex: home or car repair).
4. Retirement - Nearly half of all Americans (46%) have less than $10,000 saved for their retirement.
It is a problem that affects everyone, inside and outside of the church. In fact George Barna says that the fastest growing churches are teaching about marriage, child rearing, finances, and careers. Money is a serious subject, and God is serious about money, which is why we should study closely what he has to tell us.