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Most Americans Are Way too Close to Financial Ruin. Are You?

Most Americans Are Way too Close to Financial Ruin. Are You?

Survey says: 63 percent of Americans have no emergency savings for things like a $500 car repair. This statistic surfaced in a Bankrate.com Money Pulse survey. It means that most people live paycheck to paycheck. If you’re one of them, you know the angst that comes from worrying what will happen if you’re suddenly hit with an unexpected big expense. [read more]

Category: Common Cents

How to Talk to Your Kids about Money

How to Talk to Your Kids about Money

For many kids, their first opportunity to learn about money comes when the Tooth Fairy makes her first visit and leaves a small payment under the pillow. This experience could be turned into a lesson about managing money, which is something most parents believe they should be teaching their kids. But it’s not happening. [read more]

Category: Common Cents

Ages and Stages for Teaching Kids to Save

Ages and Stages for Teaching Kids to Save

There are really only three things we need to teach our children about saving money: Save as much as you can, as soon as you can, as long as you can. As helpful as this is, most of us could use just a little more detail on how to build a savings mindset into our kids from preschool to college. So, here are a few tips and resources that can get you started. [read more]

Category: Common Cents

What do global missions thought leaders really think?

In a recent survey by Missio Nexus, more than 160 CEOs of global missions organizations shared their insights on the state of missions worldwide—both personally and organizationally. Missio Nexus compiled the results and created this Missiographic from the full report, providing a snapshot of what’s going on behind the scenes in missions around the globe. [read more]

Category: Missionary Minded

Managing Money When You Live Outside the US

Just as when you’re on home assignment, you want to be smart about how you spend the money your support team gives when you’re living and serving internationally. Three areas that may not seem to bring the risk of wasting these funds have to do with how you access and spend them. Here are some tips for how to be smart about exchanging currency, getting cash and making purchases. [read more]

Category: Missionary Minded

Why Is People’s Motivation for Giving Important?

It’s a long-standing tension in Christian circles: What motivates people to be generous? Is it duty? Discipline? Response to God’s generosity? A recent study by Barna Group reveals some helpful insights into the question of why people give. For church and ministry leaders, these insights amount to a call to discipleship, helping people better understand who they are in Christ and why giving is vital to their life in him. [read more]

Category: Ministry Matters