God is the owner of everything (Psalm 24:1-2; Psalm 89:11) and bestows financial blessings upon us that we might be good stewards in managing them according to His desire.
As the hymn goes, "We give the but Thine one, what 'er the gift might be. All that we have is Thine alone, a trust oh God from Thee."
These financial blessings also have the potential for great temptation, idolatry and
even leading people from saving faith (Matthew 6:24; 1 Timothy 6:9-10).
Let's face it, we all know that financial mismanagement brig a lot of heartache.
Another fact is that excessive debt often keeps us from giving
sacrificially and experiencing the joy of giving; and from generously supporting our churches, pastors, professional church workers, missionaries, district and synod ministries.
Iowa District West in Convention June 24-26, 2018 voted to encourage congregations to utilize a recourse called Financial Peace University (FPU) by Dave Ramsey which approaches money management
from a Christian perspective and has been proven to help many practice better and God-pleasing money
Before undertaking Ramsey's course, please read the following preview; Rev. Jonathan Conner, Zion, Manning has written at the request of the Synod a
helpful “Preview and Review of Financial Peace University” that faithfully, but kindly, points out where
Ramsey’s theology departs from our own and presents helpful suggestions for Lutheran pastors and lay
leaders who would like to use FPU in their congregations.