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We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

FPU classes meet for an hour and a half each week for nine weeks.

What Does The Bible Say About Money?

Almost everyone agrees that the Bible contains great advice about life, from improving your marriage to getting along with your boss at work. But does the Bible really say much about money? Does it really give us advice that we can apply to our own life in today’s world?

The Good News is Yes! Absolutely! We believe the Bible is as relevant and helpful today as when it was written, and God has a lot to say about money. Did you know money is mentioned in the Bible over 800 times? God must be pretty serious about this subject to talk about it that much.

In fact, Jesus says in Luke 16:11, “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” It appears from this verse that God uses money as a test of our management and stewardship skills before entrusting us with spiritual things. See more below.

Money in the Bible
  1. Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance to his childrens’ children” indicating that God wants us to make a difference, financially, in our family tree.
  2. Proverbs 21:20 “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” This gives us an idea of how God wants us to save for a rainy day, to set something back for safekeeping.
  3. Proverbs 22:7 states that “The rich rule over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.” Really? The Bible discourages debt? Does God really want me to pay my debts off and avoid debt?
  4. Luke 14:28 “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.” Does Jesus really want me to save up and pay for the things I buy?
  5. Matt. 6:24 “You cannot serve both God and money”.

If money is this important to God, why are there so few Sunday school classes on this topic? Why don’t we see lots of small group studies on “Managing Your Finances” or “Getting Out of Debt”? Why aren’t there more sermons in this area?

There are many reasons, but the top reason is that most people don’t realize how much of a problem managing money is for the average family. Look at the statistics below:

Financial Statistics
  1. Marital Problems – 37 percent (the highest rate) of marital problems derive from financial situations
  2. Cash Flow – 70 percent of all consumers live paycheck to paycheck, meaning they run out of money before the end of the month
  3. Savings – The average family would have to use a credit card to pay a $1,500 unexpected expense (ex: home or car repair).
  4. Retirement – Nearly half of all Americans (46%) have less than $10,000 saved for their retirement.

It is a problem that affects everyone, inside and outside of the church. In fact George Barna says that the fastest growing churches are teaching about marriage, child rearing, finances, and careers. Money is a serious subject, and God is serious about money, which is why we should study closely what he has to tell us.

Finally, there is something to guide us! A study to take God’s wisdom about money and help us apply it to our own lives. It is called Financial Peace University.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is FPU membership?
    When you purchase a Financial Peace University (FPU) membership, you receive all the class materials and access to the FPU online resources you need to succeed. Your membership means that you can attend the FPU class as often as you like. Spouses and engaged couples can attend together with a single membership, and teens living at home are welcome to attend with their parents.
  2. How often do the classes meet?
    Classes are typically held once per week for nine consecutive weeks.
  3. How is each class structured?
    Each class session lasts approximately an hour and a half. For the first half of the class, Dave Ramsey teaches on DVD. During the second half, class members come together for a small-group discussion and hands-on activities. Group members support and encourage each other as they work to change their financial futures.
  4. What is the average size of the class?
    The average class size is between 8–12 families (12–24 people).
  5. What happens if I miss one class? Can I make it up?
    As part of your membership to FPU, you’ll receive audio discs of all nine lessons. If you miss a class, you can review that week’s lesson on CD and share what stuck out to you with your coordinator when you return the following week.
    Videos of each lesson are also available in FPU Central. You can view two complete lessons for free and rent additional videos as needed.
  6. How many classes do I need to attend in order to graduate?
    You must attend eight of the nine classes to qualify for a graduation certificate.
  7. What are the subjects covered in each lesson?
    Find out about each lesson on the Class Preview page.
  8. When will the first class start?
    The first class session is usually two weeks after the preview session. In some cases, the coordinator may decide to host a second preview session. In those instances, the class start date may be moved back. Please check with your class coordinator or check our website for updated class start dates.
  9. Will I be asked to provide any personal financial information?
    A couple of times throughout the nine lessons, we will collect financial data to get a cumulative financial view of the class. This data is strictly confidential and will not be tied to any personally identifiable information.
  10. Can I get any additional assistance?
    Your FPU membership covers the nine-week class, the ability to attend future FPU classes and access to FPU Central. For more personalized coaching, we offer phone counseling and one-on-one counseling through a network of trained counselors for an additional fee. For more information on counseling, visit the coaching page.
  11. Who benefits from this program?
    Everyone can benefit from this program, regardless of age (whether you are 21 or 61), income (whether you make $12,000 or $100,000 per year) and marital status. Everyone benefits from FPU!
  12. How do I get started with Financial Peace University?
    It’s easy! Check out this simple, step-by-step method:
    Check our class finder tool to find and enroll in a class near you
    Purchase your FPU membership and materials online, through our customer care center or through your class coordinator
    Show up and begin changing your future
  13. How much does this program cost?
    Materials retail for $199. Church families pay $93 plus shipping and handling.
  14. Are there refunds if I do not like the program?
    Our guarantee is simply this: If you do it, it works! If you don’t do it, it won’t work! If you work the program, you won’t want your money back. If you don’t work the program, you don’t get your money back.
    We will help you as much as needed throughout the program to ensure your success. We truly hope this becomes a major blessing to you and your family!