Idaho Conference Moves Forward With Mission, Vision

May 03, 2017

How does an organization like a conference move forward in growing as good stewards of the resources God has gifted to us? One way Idaho Conference administration felt would be helpful was to provide employees with resources to be good stewards.

For nine weeks in January through March 2017, several employees took advantage of Financial Peace University, facilitated by Ed Schultz and Vontress Cockrum, members of The Experience, an Adventist Church in Meridian, Idaho. They are trained facilitators and have guided many classes through the curriculum. The class met at Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell in the late afternoon.

One class member shared, “I was delighted to see how biblical the presentations were and how the emphasis is on developing the freedom to give … freely. It wasn’t about deprivation but learning to manage money to achieve shared goals.”

Another said, “I’ve never developed a budget before. I find myself spending less because I use cash, and I think more about what I have left to spend.”

One spouse expressed appreciation to conference administration for providing this training for employees. John Rogers, Idaho Conference vice president, says, “If we want our church members to be good stewards of God’s gifts to us, we need our employees to model what that looks like. We need to provide our employees with the tools they need to lead by example.”