COMPASS: Navigating Faith and Finances


Engaging young adults in conversations about faith and finance by providing resources that are relational, informational, and practical.

COMPASS is composed of four elements:

This web page with relevant resources that are relational, informational, and practical. Below you will find a growing list of resources to help you map a path to faithful finances.

A Facebook Community that offers a space to ask questions and start conversations. Have a particular concern related to faith and finances? Have tips about what worked for you? Join the community and join the conversation!

 

A Blog that delves more deeply into the questions of faith and finances while also offering tips on how to use the resources below. With posts written by young adults and leaders in the field of stewardship, this is a place to gain new and deeper insights into the often chaotic world of faith and finances. 

 

Live Chats enhance other COMPASS resources by providing real-time opportunities for interaction between young adults and stewardship and generosity thought leaders on a variety of topics.

 

 

We want to hear from you! Have a comment or question? What resources have been most helpful? What other resources would you like to see? How does your faith inform your financial decisions? Join the conversation on the COMPASS Facebook page.

A special thank you to the many Ecumenical Stewardship Center denominational partners that have contributed resources for the COMPASS page.

Available in English and French, the six-minute Generous Stewardship free video developed by the Free Methodist Church in Canada provides a thoughtful reflection about redefining generous stewardship. Watch and/or use as an introduction for your stewardship conversations as a discussion starter. Like anything produced by a particular denomination or theological viewpoint, some translation may be required in unpacking this material to make it most appropriate for your context and faith community.

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Making Change is a free four-episode film series developed by nine Canadian faith and financial organizations espeically for younger adults and families. This series also can be used for a four- or eight-week class or discussion series using the corresponding discussion guide for each episode. Like anything that is produced by a particular denomination or theological viewpoint, some translation may be required of some materials to make them most appropriate for your context and/or faith community.

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John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” Get some visual inspiration for your faithful financial journey with these three videos:

•Gain
•Give
◦Save

Created by the Free Methodist Church in Canada.
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You've heard the phrase "money talks". But what does it look like when young adults talk about money? Watch these videos created by your peers on the moneytalks video page.

Hosted by Everence, a ministry of the Mennonite Church USA.

Self-labeled as “The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit, and Life,” Wisdom Path is a free downloadable resource provided by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This resource is a compilation of faith programs exploring how one’s financial life intersects with their religious, faith, spiritual and community life. It includes twelve workshops ranging from “talking about money” to what “faithful investing” might mean and look like. Each workshop includes resources, handouts and guides that can be used to make them effective in your context. Like anything that is being provided by a particular denomination or theological viewpoint, some translation may be required of some materials to make them most appropriate for your context and/or faith community.

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Get a group together and discuss the Personal Finance Workshop offered by the Center for Faith and Giving. With a video component, study guide, and more, you will gain a biblical understanding of good stewardship, and learn basic rules and principles for navigating the financial chaos of life.

The Center for Faith and Giving is a ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

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An extensive financial management course is offered by Good $ense Financial Ministry. It includes a 154-page workbook, DVD, and suggestions for groups to complete the course. Young adults might find Good $ense to be a great way to engage with older generations and discover their insights about generous giving and faithful stewardship.

Reviewed and recommended by Barnabas Foundation.

Plan how you can pay for college using resources on the Everence college web page. You'll find videos and resources for entering students, current students, graduate students, and parents. With links to free financial counseling and advice on creating a monthly budget, this is a great resource to help you tackle the often daunting student loan debt.

Everence is a ministry of Mennonite Church USA.

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You know you should be saving for retirement and rainy days, but just how much is enough?  The Practical Money Skills for Life website has calculators for many financial scenarios that young adults face.

First Things First is a short book packed with great insights to help you find your financial True North. This free download will help you learn to recognize your financial habits and how your faith informs your giving and stewardship.

Published by Abundance Canada.

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In More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity, Jeff Shinabarger shares stories of real people who have radically reshaped their concept of what is enough and done amazing things with their “excess.”

Reviewed and recommended by Barnabas Foundation.

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True financial freedom includes the realization that all we have does not belong to us, but God. Read The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn to explore this concept further and apply it to your life.

Reviewed and recommended by Barnabas Foundation.

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Much more than generations before you, young adults exist in a highly-connected global community. Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy by Douglas Hicks gives counsel and advice on faith-based stewardship in our current context.

Reviewed and recommended by Barnabas Foundation.

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Do you have questions about faith and finances? What resources have been helpful? What tips do you have to share? Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

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Looking to delve more deeply into certain topics? Wondering how to talk about money in relationships? Or how to live on a budget while also living the life you want? Check out the COMPASS blog, where guest writers--both young and older adults who are leaders in stewardship and faithful finances--will be tackling the topics that affect the lives of young adults.