RISE ABOVE FINANCE COURSE
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.
Introduction - The 4R Stewardship Principles
Lesson 1 - Relationship
Lesson 2 - Repent
Lesson 3 - Reframe
Lesson 4 - Respond
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
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.
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.