Reading time: two minutes. I’m always pleasantly surprised when our retreat evaluations indicate that for many couples, the financial workshop offered by our friend Eustolio Gomez from Concordia Plan Services was the most significant part of the retreat! I’m not surprised that Eustolio does such a good job, I’m just glad to hear that the message of financial wellness is addressed in a way that it helps professional church work families who are experiencing stress and anxiety in their financial lives. As I listen to table conversations where couples offer counsel to one another, I often hear that couples had their breakthrough in financial health when they finally said to each other, “Let’s get some advice.” Maybe that’s a good place to wrap up my thoughts on the best advice I’ve heard from you through the years. We kingdom workers try our best to manage this paradox of our profession on a daily basis: this calling so expensive to prepare for, and with such modest financial remuneration. While not the case for all workers in the church, a large percentage of us struggle to make ends meet. The extra burden of educational debt can put us in a very challenging place. Why are church workers so hesitant to get the advice we need to work through the financial challenges we face? I think there are a number of answers, that include:
- We’re expected to be experts on every topic and the expectation to have every area of our life in perfect balance keeps us from seeking help.
- It’s a topic that’s often too emotional for couples to bring up with one another, so we don’t get help. If we can’t talk openly about it with our spouse, how can we even think about getting outside advice?
- We’re uncertain about where to seek confidential help.