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Churches must raise financial disciples

BY: Efia Akese
Graduants with some facilitators of the programme
Graduants with some facilitators of the programme

 The Country Lead for Compass Finances God’s Way Ghana, Ivy Anan Mawuko, has underscored the importance of proper bookkeeping and financial management in churches.

According to her, being financially faithful must start from the church as there were many scriptures in the bible that taught financial diligence.

She added that many church leaders faced challenges when it came to teaching their members about money and how to properly manage it.

“Money is a huge day-to-day issue in the lives of most people. Many spend most of their waking hours making money, spending money, worrying about money, fighting over money or trying to protect their money. We also know many pastors and church leaders have challenges when it comes to teaching their churches about money.”

She was speaking at a ceremony to graduate 11 participants who befitted from a free financial management training organised by Compass Finances God’s Way in Accra.

“Our strategic focus is to raise Christ-centred leaders who will develop faithful financial disciples, globally. The training was to demystify some worldly beliefs and help them make better financial decisions,” she explained.

The organisation, an international non-profit interdenominational ministry held a 10 week-long training where participants were taken through biblical concepts of ownership, stewardship, budgeting, saving, giving and debt repayments. 

One of the training facilitators, Reverend Duke K Gad,explained that participants were also tested through assignments and quizzes to assess their progress at the end of each session.

He said after the initial six weeks in class, the remaining four weeks focused on practical financial management scenarios with illustrations from the Bible.

One of the beneficiaries, Leticia A. Owusu, described the training as life-changing, saying, “I am now able to make informed financial decisions. Being an entrepreneur, sometimes money spent is unaccounted for and so I make losses. However, I now know the value of honesty, saving, paying off debts and bookkeeping through this training”. 

A participant, Eugene Awiage,credited the programme for equipping him with the knowledge to double his income. “I have been able to find new ways of generating more income grounded in the principles of the Bible.