The people who attended the first class of our Financial Peace University course discovered that the answer to that question isn’t a Capital One credit card. For them, if they follow the steps outlined in the course, their wallets are going to have a lot of cash!
More than 40 people showed up on Tuesday night, May 8 – filling the choir room to capacity. The class is so large that next week they will have to move to the sanctuary. Quite a few of the attendees are not members of Metro and found out about the class from our website and Facebook promotion. Sivan Bruce was the youngest attendee and Sis. Ravi (yes, Sis. Ravi!) was the eldest.
“The turnout was way more than I expected and that made me feel good that Metro offered this type of service and that it was well supported. My friend who attended (I signed her up as her birthday gift) was surprised that the church made no money from this ministry!” said Sophia Walker, one of our members who is taking the class.
The class begins with a general session where everyone watches a presentation by Dave Ramsey and completes questions in their workbooks. The large group then separates into small groups, where participants are able to share and learn on a more personal level with individual instructors.
So why did people sign up for the class? The reasons vary.
Jermey Matthews shared that he and his wife “are in the process of breaking bad habits and building good ones in the areas of diet, exercise, and family worship. But we're doing those mostly on our own. With financial peace, we get a coach, Brother Ed, to help us get into the habit of saving money. And we get him and his team for 10 weeks. And for only 75 dollars!”
Justin Hunter realized that his spending habits – spending ten dollars here and there, but not accounting for it – needed some help when he encountered a situation that he should have been able to pay for (he’d originally had all of the money), but was unable to because he’d not been tracking what he was spending.
“I decided to participate in the Financial Peace University because I want to discover what my bad habits are and what I can do to change them. I also want to learn how to build wealth,” said Erykah Brathwaite.
And what did they think of the first class - what did they get from it?
“The first night of class was awesome,” Walker said. Lishel Souvenir said that Dave Ramsey’s story about the bird emphasized to her that “my money is in my hands.” The class showed me “that I need to stop being afraid that if I actually save money, I'm doing something that is wrong. God expects me to wisely take care of the needs of my family,” said Shondel Glasgow.