Archive for Thursday, September 2, 2010

Easing financial burdens focus of 13-week course

September 2, 2010

In these economic times, it’s hard to get on track financially. But Dave Ramsey has a plan.

Basehor United Methodist Church will be presenting that plan when it brings back, for the second time around, the Financial Peace University.

Financial Peace University is the 13-week class created by Ramsey, the bestselling author of “The Total Money Makeover” and host of national radio and television shows about debt reduction. Financial Peace University offers advice and tips on how to relieve financial burdens through minimizing debt and creating savings. Though Ramsey won’t be appearing in Basehor himself, the class will be taught remotely at the church through video lessons and discussion.

Being taught in a church, there will be an added element to Ramsey’s plan about where tithing should fall in the list of financial priorities. But Basehor United Methodist pastor Claudia Bakely said tithing would only be part of the bigger picture.

“It’s very much about personal finance, it’s just that when you take it in the church there’s going to be that added piece of church stewardship,” Bakely, who is also coordinating the class, said. “But these classes are really geared towards getting people in a place in their financial planning where … they’re not going to worry about (money). They’re going to give you a plan for … dumping debt, (saving) for college for your kids, (investing) wisely, (being) ahead of the game instead of living paycheck to paycheck. And it’s a really good plan. (Ramsey) does a good job with it I think.”

The class was first offered at the church, 18660 158th St., in Bonner Springs, last year. Bakely said about 23 people participated.

The class isn’t just for churchgoers, however. Bakely said anyone in the community can attend. The fee is $100 and includes audio recordings of each class, access to online materials and a workbook that will be used as participants navigate their way through the lesson plans.

The class won’t be a snoozer, Bakely said, doling out only numbers and figures. She said Ramsey went through his own personal troubles financially — even going bankrupt at one point. Bakely said that experience would most certainly make Ramsey’s Financial Peace University relatable to others who are going through similar issues.

“I would say that the point that he makes and that I think we all know that is true is there’s a tremendous number of people living paycheck to paycheck and don’t have a real plan (for retirement). So he has a real structured way of dealing with … your plan for retirement,” Bakely said. “You take your own situation into account and figure out how this is going to work for you. And he’s just very entertaining in the meantime, so it’s just kind of fun.”

Financial Peace University will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, beginning Sept. 12, at Basehor United Methodist Church. Register at daveramsey.com or by calling the church at (913) 982-6624.

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