The PCA’s Retirement and Benefits, Inc. (RBI) and Christian Education and Publications (CEP) are joining together to offer a financial planning seminar for wives of teaching and ruling elders. The seminar will take place on June 18th, during the 41st General Assembly in Greenville.

“One of the greatest gifts you and your spouse can give each other and your family is a plan for your financial security,” says Bob Clarke, Relief Director for RBI.  And the role of wives in this important matter cannot be overstated.

“Most wives will be responsible for their family finances at some time in our lives,” says Jane Patete, PCA Women’s Ministry Coordinator. “In order to be good stewards of what the Lord has provided,” she says, “we need to begin acquiring appropriate resources to handle this responsibility well.”

Organizers hope that seminar participants will hear the importance of, and how to have potentially difficult conversations about what happens when a spouse is unable to assist with finances due to a disabling condition or death. Attendees will receive resources for wise financial planning, and be encouraged by the testimonies of women who are gaining financial confidence.

Childcare will be provided for the seminar. Those interested in attending are also asked to complete a survey to help organizers best address the needs of participants.

For more information, visit pcarbi.org or contact Jane Patete at 678-825-1146.

4 Responses to PCA Offering First-Ever Finance Seminar for Women

  1. Shawn Roberson says:

    I appreciate the fact that the denomination is helping women learn more about finances, however I have a suggestion. I wonder how much pastors know about finances in the churches where they serve. I believe a lot of problems in congregations could be avoided if men were required to take at least some basic accounting and finance courses during their time in seminary. I was a manufacturing accountant for 24 years, and I now teach accounting at a small university. My experience has been that many church officers and pastors get a glazed look, their eyes roll back into their heads, and they completely lose interest whenever church finances are discussed.

  2. katie moon says:

    Am I the only one who finds this article and subsequent class ridiculous? We don’t live in the 1950s! It’s rather frightening and disturbing to think that there are women out there who are still completely clueless about finances (perhaps because their husbands don’t “let” them?). If this is a reflection of what types of marriages many pastors and elders have in the PCA, we’re in more trouble than I thought.

  3. Deena Stuart says:

    As a Development officer at the PCA seminary, I have the privilege of visiting many widows and wives of both ruling and teaching elders whose desire is to be faithful stewards of the resources they have earned or inherited. As the wife of a TE myself I have overseen our finances for over 20 years and I believe there are many like me who have partnered with their spouses in taking good care of their families. It is, however a fact that as women age their chief concern is for security. I believe this seminar is perfectly timed and will provide assurance and guidance for those who, like me, desire to finish well. I am personally looking forward to attending and hope that women from 25-85 will find it valuable