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RISE ABOVE FINANCE COURSE

The Good
Steward Journey

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Overview

Our desire is to help people become financially and biblically mature.

 

A mature individual is one who is willing to delay consumption, has a proper attitude towards giving, has limited use of credit and debt, and has a long-term horizon with a desire to pass this mindset to future generations. With that attitude, wealth becomes a tool to be used to accomplish God’s purpose in one’s life rather than to acquire toys to fill one’s life.

 

How a person handles the wealth that God has entrusted to him or her demonstrates a measure of maturity—emotionally, spiritually, and financially.

 

This is biblical stewardship: Managing the resources of God well.

 

This course is designed with biblical principle framework in mind.
It teaches the roadmap in learning how to be an effective steward for God. 

Course Outline

Introduction - The 4R Stewardship Principles
 

  • Lesson 1 - Relationship

  • Lesson 2 - Repent

  • Lesson 3 - Reframe

  • Lesson 4 - Respond
     

Financial Foundations 
 

  • Lesson 5   - Contentment, Personal Values and Mission Statement

  • Lesson 6   - Faith-Based Financial Goals

  • Lesson 7   - Biblical Decision Making

  • Lesson 8   - Spousal Discussion
     

Financial Planning Overview
 

  • Lesson 9   - Insurance

  • Lesson 10 - Giving

  • Lesson 11 - Investing

  • Lesson 12 - Emergency Fund

  • Lesson 13 - Debt

  • Lesson 14 - Taxes

  • Lesson 15 - Retirement Planning

  • Lesson 16 - Teaching Your Kids about Money

  • Lesson 17 - Estate Planning

Meet your instructors

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Ivan Chen

CFP, CKA, CLU, CHS, EPC, CPCA, CEA, RIS

Ivan has been in the financial services industry since 2004. After following the world’s way of building wealth and getting into $100K of consumer debt, everything started to fall apart in 2008 when he lost his income. He felt like a hypocrite teaching people about finance when he couldn’t figure it out himself. He started searching the Bible for guidance and found out how much the Bible actually talked about finance. By following the biblical wisdom he was able to pay off his debts and save at the same time in 3 years. He co-founded Rise Above Finance as part of the vision to create a culture of stewardship in every Christian household.
His mission is to equip faithful stewards to put God at the center of every financial decision.

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Forest Li
CPA, CA, CFP, CKA

Forest loves Jesus. He is passionate about equipping people to apply biblical principles in their day-to-day finance. Forest started his career as a Chartered Accountant in a Big Four accounting firm. After five years, he transitioned to a Non-profit housing society as their Director of Finance. Although Forest had a high paying job and accumulated a six figure investment account, he didn’t feel content about it at all. Instead, he felt emptiness and savings became the ultimate “safety net” for him. It was not until Forest’s parental leave that God started working on Forest’s heart.  As Forest studied what the Bible said about stewardship and God’s ultimate ownership of all things, he surrendered his savings account and possessions to God which led to contentment that he never experienced before. The rest as they say is history. 

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