In this section of the seminar we will take the journey from mere numbers on a piece of paper to a living document that directs your life towards your family mission and values. Embracing this distinction is the difference between something you will try-and-quit and a lifestyle change that you’ll embrace and advocate for others. The purpose of a budget is more than mere number-awareness, but spending your life on purpose for the distinct reasons God created you.

We are going to try to be highly practical and assume nothing. It takes an average of 3 months before these steps are smooth enough to only take 30 minutes per week, but they will get you to the place that you can run your home finances in less time than it takes to watch a sitcom.

Interspersed with the practical steps, comments will be made to continually re-orient you from mere number-crunching and document-surfing back how budgeting enables you to spend your life on purpose and enrich your marraige. Logistics are necessary for longevity, but logistics alone will not fuel our perseverance. While this chapter focuses on the practical, do not lose sight of the big picture that orients the “how to” back to the “why.”

This evaluation (Evaluation – Budgeting Process) is designed to help couples assess whether they have thought through what is necessary to have a family budget.

Several of the plumb lines from the second section of this seminar will include:

  • Knowing the truth about your finances gives freedom. Living in financial ignorance brings bondage.
  • The peace budgeting provides far exceeds the pleasure of watching a weekly sitcom.
  • You have to live life on purpose if you want to change the world for God’s glory.
  • The difference between vision and mere good intentions is implementation.

Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Foundations
Topics: Budgeting in a Way that Enhances Your Marriage
Dates: August 4 and 11, 2012
Times: 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Location: The Summit Church, Brier Creek South Venue
Address: 2415 Presidential Drive; Durham, NC 27703
Cost: Free