FINANCE | CAREER CARE


Finance Care

St. Andrew Finance Care Ministry seeks to help people understand how to handle their money according to God’s principles so that they may become faithful stewards of the Master’s resources and learn true contentment. Whether you are experiencing financial challenge from debt, or have sound finances but feeling suffocated by materialism that is robbing your spiritual vitality in your relationships, this ministry has resources to offer you. For more information or appointments, email Bill Brewer or call 214.291.8082.

Here's a comment from a person who worked with Bill: “Words cannot express my gratitude for all of your efforts on my behalf. Your ministry with your time and talent is very admirable. Your family and church family are blessed to have you as I know you are making a huge impact in people’s lives.” G.C.


Individual Debt/Budget Counseling

Confidential, individual budget counseling is available to help people who may be in financial trouble or who want to personally understand how to apply God’s principles in their lives in a one-on-one setting. Budget counselors have been trained and certified through Crown Financial Ministries’ Budget Counselor Training program. There is no cost, and no financial products are sold. Voluntary donations of $5-$25 to St. Andrew are accepted.

Budget Counseling Focus

To encourage people being counseled to mature spiritually as Jesus’ disciples and discover the joy of incorporating God-honoring financial management principles into their lives.

To help people who are in financial trouble develop a budget and debt repayment plan and establish positive habits for management of their personal finances so that they may reach a point where they achieve financial stability.

To identify people who are doing all they can to make ends meet but due to circumstances beyond their control are unable to meet their financial obligations and direct them to appropriate church ministries or people to provide appropriate forms of financial assistance.

To assist people who have a financial surplus in recognizing their God-given responsibilities for stewardship and to identify opportunities to fulfill those responsibilities.

What to Expect in a Budget Counseling Session

Counseling Process
If you are married, both husband and wife should plan on attending together, otherwise very little can be accomplished. The budget counselor will assist you in evaluating your present spending pattern and help you work towards a balanced spending plan. Once the spending plan is agreed upon, the budget counselor will act as an accountability partner with you and will inform you of other studies that will enhance your understanding of biblical stewardship.

Information Needed
You may be asked to bring your checkbook register, income tax forms, paycheck stubs, bank statements, current bills, or other related information.

Meeting Location
You will be asked to meet in a neutral location at St. Andrew where there is privacy and sufficient table space to work on your budget.

Session Length
Sessions run between 1 and 2 hours. More than one session is usually required to complete the planning process.

Please note: Topics like investing, insurance, financial planning, and other related areas are not covered, other than to include these categories in a written spending plan if needed. If you are specifically looking for this type of help, we suggest that you contact a professional near you.


Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

September 12-November 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Room 131
Click here to register

Improve your money management skills, eliminate debt, and find financial peace with this 9-week class series. Call 214.291.8024 for childcare information. Member kit with lifetime membership is $93 + $9.30 shipping per family. Try the first class free as a trial before ordering the kit. If you want a free trial before committing, then only email Bill Brewer so we know you are coming for a free trial for the first class. If you decide to continue, you can order directly from the Dave Ramsey site.


Other Programs

“Marriage and Money”

45-minute program; perfect for Sunday Schools and other groups

"Financial Parenting"

45-minute program; perfect for parents in Sunday Schools and other groups. Biblically-based guidelines for parents raising children to learn and practice financial wisdom (applies to ages 3-18).


Career Care

Employers, send your job postings for free to careercarejobpost@gmail.com.

Weekly, Free Monday Night Support/Coaching
Over 700 jobs landed in 2010-2015!
CareerCare is a free, weekly support/coaching group helping those who are out of work or “mis-employed” and seeking a career change. Open to the community at no cost. Career Care provides comprehensive support:

Job postings

Networking to build job leads/contacts, including LinkedIn group

Speakers teaching search skills (resumé, interviewing, etc.)

Free, volunteer coaches to assist one-on-one with resumés, etc. (by appointment for those attending our weekly meetings, and who don’t have professional outplacement package)

Career assessment testing

Private budget/debt counseling at no charge

No pre-registration is necessary to attend. Park on the East side of the campus, corner of W. Plano Parkway and Mira Vista Boulevard, in the upper North parking lot, and enter the north doors. First-time visitors should come at 5:45 p.m. to register and attend the new member orientation “Quick Start your Search” in room 137 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. when our volunteers will cover how to handle your search successfully, provide a resume template, and register you for job postings. Then, at 7:00 p.m. you will join the main meeting. The main meeting is every Monday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Room 131. Sign-in recommended by 6:45 p.m.  Network roll-call sign-in ends at 7:00 p.m. ( you are encouraged to attend if you arrive later, but your name will not be called during the speed networking session).

Employers or Volunteers: please email Bill Brewer to send job postings to reach qualified candidates at no charge, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities.


Standard Meeting Agenda

New Member Meeting

Room 137
(Sign-in 5:45 p.m.) 6:00-7:00 p.m.  |  “Quick Start Your Search” for new members

Main Meeting for All Members

Room 131
6:30-7:00 p.m.  |  Registration and fellowship (new members 6:00 p.m.) Sign in by 7:00 p.m. for networking roll call sheet. Late arrivals will not have their names called but should still come to take advantage of all the meeting content.

7:00-7:15 p.m.  |  Devotional and announcements

7:15-8:00 p.m.  |  Group networking

8:00-9:00 p.m.  |  Speaker topic

In addition, we offer one-on-one meetings (by appointment only for those attending our weekly meetings) with volunteers to assist you with your resumé, interviewing, and other career issues.


Agenda 

 

November 27
“Discovering the Unique You by Looking Bback. The Employment Database & CARs”
Rick Waggoner; MC Smith Realty Investments; Job Ministries Leader / Coach

November 30  |  Special Thursday Morning Event
10:0 a.m. -Noon—“Networking for Introverts, Extroverts and In-Between-Verts”
Abby Kohut (Absolutely Abby); President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and the author of “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets”; AbsolutelyAbby.com: one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career”

December 4
“First Things First…Dealing with Yourself”
Ed Maier; Head Coach of Think Straight, Talk Straight Consultancy

December 11  |  Executive Guest Speaker Series - Special Free Event
“The Differentiatable You”
Phil Resch; Partner / Executive Recruiter, The Sandhurst Group; CoFounder Career Care
Graham Gebbie; National Accounts Manager, Career Care coach

December 18
Christmas Party Networking: Door Prizes and Snacks

December 25
Closed for Holiday

January 1
Closed for Holiday

For more information or to suggest additional topics, email Bill Brewer or call 214.291.8082.


Additional Career Support Groups and Resources

DFW Sales Network Meeting

St. Andrew also sponsors “DFW Sales and Business Development” meetings, a free, weekday job networking group every Tuesday morning, 8:00-10:00 a.m. in Festival Hall. No pre-registration. Click here for more information and location. Park in upper North lot off Mira Vista street and enter North doors and go upstairs.