Sanford Levings

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Small Group Teaching Tools on Money Management and Stewardship

You Can’t Challenge Insolvent People to Give


How many people in your congregation have no financial margin in their lives? Obviously, that’s a difficult question to answer. Nevertheless, it is very important that you consider this question because: you can’t ask people to give to your church if they have no financial margin or savings. Nor do you want them to give, right? You want them to get financially solvent first!

Consider offering a money management and stewardship classes to those in financial need but keep this important principle in mind: the class will only be as good as the teacher. Don’t concern yourself so much on what curriculum to use because there’s plenty of great curriculum. Instead, make sure you find great teachers!


Below is a list of outstanding curriculum resources:

BALANCED (sermon series, guidebook, printable forms)

– Gaining & Maintaining Financial Stability –

Want to learn what the Bible says about money? Need a plan to get out of debt? We have developed a new 6-week curriculum called Balanced. Not only will you learn what the Bible has to say about money, but you’ll also be given several practical applications to help you track your spending, pay off debt, come up with a new budget, and more.

We encourage all community groups to participate in this study during the series. For those not in a community group, consider offering a 6-week Balanced Live environment where individuals can discuss the current teaching series and walk through the Balanced financial study.

Also, note that there are some practical tools to download. They are to be used in conjunction with the study.


As Christians, we know that we should give but sometimes it’s so hard to take that step of faith and let go when it comes to our finances. Under the growing pressures to make ends meet each month, it’s easy to become irrational in our thinking about God, His faithfulness, and our role as stewards of His resources. Author Andy Stanley reminds us that if we truly believe that God is who He says He is we have no reason to fear. Doesn’t it make sense to trust the God of the Universe with your finances? Isn’t it time to put aside the worry and start living in confidence? (Hardcover, 134 pages.)

CROWN MINISTRIES (course study with guidebook)

DAVE RAMSEY – Financial Peace University

LO$T (small group DVD)

When it comes to personal finances, it is easy to be lost and not even know it. Some of us start off with bad maps or perhaps take an accidental wrong turn or maybe get distracted by something we think we need. Whatever the reason, once we realize we are lost, how can we find our way back? The task can be daunting, but the good news is that God has given us clear directions to guide the way.

In this 6-part series, Andy Stanley walks us through some of Jesus’ counter- cultural teachings about money management and reveals the truth that we can’t wholeheartedly follow Christ when we’re lost financially. That’s why Jesus said more about this subject than any other. Six messages: A Sudden Realization, Moving to Higher Ground, Flashback, You Are Not Alone, Finding Shelter, and Rescued.

HOW TO BE RICH (small group DVD)

You can find plenty of advice on how to get rich. But where do you learn to be rich? And how do you define “rich” in the first place? In this four-part series, Andy Stanley moves beyond the “get rich” mentality and explains God’s instructions for the vast majority of us who are already blessed with more than we need.