Investors Are Making the World a Better Place
Timothy Plan Helps Steward Money in a Way That Honors God;
Over $1 Billion Under Management Upholding Biblical Principles
ORLANDO, Fla.—There are literally thousands of ways to invest money.
And while most people don’t have the time or expertise to sort through all the variables, many Christians—and investors in general—want to invest their money in companies that make the world a better—not worse—place.
That’s where Timothy Plan comes in. For nearly 25 years, this Biblically responsible family of mutual funds has helped people achieve their financial goals while investing in a morally responsible manner. Timothy Plan, for example, does not invest in those companies that support pornography, abortion, alternative lifestyles or have other agendas contrary to the teachings of Scripture, or that are actively participating in activities that may prove destructive to our communities-at-large.
“Believers have the added insight through the Scriptures that all of our money belongs to God, not just the amount we tithe,” said Timothy Plan founder, president and CEO Art Ally. “So it’s not unreasonable to take responsibility for how our money is used in the marketplace, including investing.”
While biblically and socially responsible investing are not new, the movement is growing rapidly and extensively. In fact, last year, Timothy Plan alone reached over $1 billion of assets under management.
Dan Celia, host of the daily, syndicated radio program “Financial Issues” and head of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, talks to millions of listeners who want to honor God with their money.
“Investors have overall peace that Timothy Plan is going to steward your money wisely,” Celia said. “You’re no longer living in anxiousness.”
Social activists have been using their power as stockholders to impact corporate policy for years. Biblically Responsible Investing, or BRI, the core of Timothy Plan, is a subset of Sustainable and Responsible Investing or Socially Responsible Investing that includes broad efforts to encourage companies toward socially and morally responsible behavior.
This area of investment is “growing exponentially, rising 76 percent between 2012 and 2014 to represent a total of $6.57 trillion of investment capital,” according to a Biola University study, writes Robert Knight for Timothy Plan. Nearly $16 trillion is invested in mutual funds, and about 68 percent of that is held by Christians, as well as 41 percent of all money invested in securities.
“Many activist movements represent less than 1 percent of the population,” Knight added “With less than 1 percent of our population effecting change within our nation, imagine the possible impact of Christians investing with purpose beyond monetary return. Moral investing is a proactive, inoffensive way of making our voices heard where it matters the most, in the deep pockets of corporate America.”
Mark Minnella is president of Integrity Investors, LLC, in St. Louis, and says his whole practice is based on BRI.
“As an adviser,” Minnella said, “I’m an ambassador for Christ in this world. So If I advise someone and don’t tell them how their investments either advance or oppose biblical values, I haven’t done my job representing the Kingdom of God.”
Ally will join Minnella for an event near St. Louis to launch Minnella’s new book “The Wall Street Awakening” from 10 a.m. to noon CST Saturday, June 30 at 12647 Olive Blvd. Second Floor Conference Center, Creve Coeur, Missouri; RSVP via email to Mark@IntegrityInvestor.com or by phone at (314) 212-1404.
Since 1994, Timothy Plan has existed to help advisers and investors achieve their financial goals through a pro-life, pro-family approach to investing—not only to benefit the investor but the broader culture. Timothy Plan is firmly committed to running a mutual fund company with the integrity, excellence, and wisdom that brings honor and glory to our Lord Jesus, and is a beacon for Godly stewardship in the financial community.
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