Free Online Tool Is Important First Step in Helping Christians Know Where Their Money Is Going
National Association of Christian Financial Consultants Leader Mark Minnella Points to Many Ways Faithful Investors Can Educate Themselves
ORLANDO, Fla.—Years ago, Christians could truthfully say they were unaware of where their investment dollars were actually going. But today, with technology-driven online tools, these faithful investors can no longer plead ignorance.
Many companies, says National Association of Christian Financial Consultants (NACFC, www.nacfc.org) president and co-founder Mark Minnella, are investing in and funding anti-biblical causes, such as pornography, abortion and more.
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.
“Now,” he said, “there’s no excuse for Christians to say they were unaware of where their investment dollars—really, their God-given resources—were going or how they were being used. There are many tools, and much information is readily available to investors so they can discover if their resources are being used in ways that displease God.”
For example, Minnella points to the free online screening tool at nacfc.org (click on “free screening tool” banner), where with just a few clicks, investors can find out—for free—if companies are supporting facets of society that are unbiblical. Christian investors can use this biblically based dynamic and moral investment screening tool to uncover immoral corporate activity.
Users can simply type in any fund name, stock name or ticker symbol and click the search button. A percentage of violation is shown as part of the free service, as well as the option to view a more extensive report through a subscription. The address and website of the company is listed, and investors can also email their findings directly to their financial advisers.
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.
For more information on NACFC, visit nacfc.org. View the media page for NACFC here.