Author: Alex Cook
Choosing a financial adviser is a big decision. As you search for the best professional for your situation, make sure you also add faith background to the list of considerations.
Why? Unlike other services and support you seek out, finances are incredibly personal and subjective. There are many different approaches when it comes to how people view money and its purpose and management.
As a Christian, it is important to work with a financial professional who truly understands biblical stewardship and shares your heart for God’s Kingdom. After all, you are asking that person to help you steward the capital that God has given you so that you can achieve good financial outcomes for you and your family, and ensure your money is used effectively for God’s kingdom. From starting a family and approaching retirement to meeting investment objectives and planning spending and saving, they are helping you make critical decisions about your future.
Thus, choosing a financial adviser that incorporates Christian principles and biblically responsible investing should be a top priority. If you need further convincing, here is a list of key reasons to search for a Christian advisor.
More Meaningful Conversations
Some of the first questions you will need to think through include your options, dreams, and goals – and then articulate a plan to finance them. This task will be much easier with someone who shares your value system and understands your worldview. You will be able to have more meaningful conversations, without feeling pressured to compromise your values.
As mentioned, this individual will be analysing where your money goes, giving investment advice and charting a plan for debt management. A Christian advisor will understand that your life as a Christian is going to lead the way on how you manage your finances. Each piece of advice they give will be grounded in the truth that all money is God’s money, and God alone is the true provider.
A true Christian advisor will aim to be obedient to God and will seek to uphold God’s moral standards. In turn, they will hold themselves to a higher standard. Of course, no one is perfect, but you want to align yourself with someone that seeks to run their business ethically with your best interests in mind – not someone more interested in their own bottom line than your family’s financial health and success.
A Christian adviser should apply biblical principles to the way they manage money. A good example of this is Ecclesiastes 11:2, “Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” In other words, they should help you diversify and equip you to be financially and spiritually faithful with the resources God has entrusted to your care.