Finding the Right Financial Planner Along the Faith-Based Investment Journey Is Key
National Association of Christian Financial Consultants Founder Mark Minnella Says While Not Every Planner Will Be on Board, Many Are Committed to Helping Christians Honor God With Their Money
ORLANDO, Fla.—Once Christians make the commitment to choose only investments and financial strategies that will be pleasing to God, the next step is finding the right financial planner to help them along that journey.
That task, says National Association of Christian Financial Consultants (NACFC, www.nacfc.org) president and co-founder Mark Minnella, could be a tall order.
Minnella, also the author of “The Wall Street Awakening,” says embracing a biblically responsible investment philosophy is crucial in today’s culture as more companies take political and anti-biblical social stances with their resources. Today, he says, because of an open flow of information, corporations cannot hide their policies or their investments, and therefore Christian investors can see what their money supports—both good and bad.
Not all financial planners and consultants may be on board with a faith-based strategy, Minnella says.
“Christian investors should commit to finding a consultant who combines sound biblical investment management with personal financial planning—one who will align with the investor’s values and work to help them meet their goals,” he adds. “Some say to make money in the markets today, you have to lay aside personal convictions. This simply isn’t true, and now that Christians have methods to figure out which companies are contributing to societal downfalls and which are not, they have a responsibility to find a professional who will help them use and invest God’s resources in the best manner possible.”
Minnella also says faith-based financial planners should have the expertise to help Christian investors with not only investing, but also estate planning, saving, budgeting, retirement needs and more.
More and more financial planners are joining NACFC, and the website lists nearly 100 consultants who are searchable by state. These planners will help investors honor God with their money by participating only in investments that promote positive biblical values or by avoiding those investments that participate in activities they believe would be offensive to God and His word.
The mission of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants is to teach, train and encourage financial professionals to learn, share and instruct biblical stewardship to individuals and families believing that “it profits a man nothing to gain the whole world and lose his soul” (Matthew 16:26). Members will glorify God by impacting their world for Jesus Christ through teaching and practicing biblical stewardship.
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