FINANCE | CAREER 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
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.
You may be asked to bring your checkbook register, income tax forms, paycheck stubs, bank statements, current bills, or other related information.
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.
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.
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.
“Marriage and Money”
45-minute program; perfect for Sunday Schools and other groups
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).
Employers, send your job postings for free to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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
(Sign-in 5:45 p.m.) 6:00-7:00 p.m. | “Quick Start Your Search” for new members
Main Meeting for All Members
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.
July 31 | Executive Guest Speaker Series - Special Free Event
“What I’ve Learned About YOUR JOB SEARCH That You May Not Know”
“CareerDFW.org / CareerUSA.org”
Jeff Morris; Founder of CareerDFW.org; Author, “What I’ve Learned About YOUR JOB SEARCH That You May Not Know.”, facilitator, North Dallas/Plano Career Focus Group
“Discovering the Unique You by Looking Back: The Employment Database and CARs”
Rick Waggoner; MC Smith Realty Investments, Job Ministries Leader / Coach
August 14 | Executive Guest Speaker Series
Nickquolette Barrett; Career Development Strategist, Expert Resume Writer, Interview Prep Coach, owner iRock Resumes – Academy of Professional Development, and Career Development Strategy. NickquoletteBarrett.com
August 21 | Executive Guest Speaker Series
“Power Up Your Job Search”
Doug Pierce; The Pierce Consulting Group; executive coach with Career Care; Chairman/CEO in the insurance industry (ret.); C.F.P., Ch.F.C., C.L.U.
“How to Turn an Interview Into a Job!”
Scott Gleason; VP Finance & Admin., Realty Management division of Goldman-Sachs
Closed for Labor Day
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.