Financial Peace University coordinators don’t have superpowers, but they are superheroes.
You might already know that if you’ve been through FPU—or if you’re a coordinator yourself. Coordinators play a huge role in the success of FPU participants. But what, exactly, do they do to lead their classes to success?
Lots of people think one of two things: Coordinators just push play on the DVD player each week and then get out of the way, or coordinators are finance experts themselves. The great thing about leading FPU is that you can be either of those, but most people are somewhere in the middle. That means anyone, really, can coordinate FPU. The question is, is it for you?
If you’re feeling called to lead a class, know this: It’s fun, easy and rewarding! Read on to learn more about how FPU coordinators change lives.
1. They model FPU principles.
A coordinator’s most important role is simply leading by example. In other words, they steward their own finances biblically. Now, coordinators don’t necessarily have to be a picture of financial perfection or even be debt-free . Many are just beginning their own journeys to financial peace, and that’s okay!
Whatever a coordinator’s personal story around money is, it’s valuable when they share it. Whether they’re in the weeds right alongside their class or they’ve made it to the other side and are an example of what’s possible, the important thing is that they’re living the principles themselves.
A coordinator’s personal money story matters! It helps them inspire and empower their class like only they can.
2. They financially disciple.
Coordinators don’t teach FPU themselves (Dave Ramsey does that), but they do guide and support participants long after Dave’s teaching ends. Dave can’t be there to sit knee-to-knee with every participant, so coordinators take his place.
Coordinators pray with their class members and offer a listening ear and endless encouragement—which gives participants hope and affirmation that they can reach their money goals even in the middle of financial struggle. If you have a heart for serving others and you understand the transformational power of healthy finances, that’s some satisfying work!
There’s a practical side to that, too. Many people have questions about their own circumstances that Dave obviously isn’t there to address—so they look to their coordinator for the answers. Now, coordinators might not have all the answers, but they have lots of resources available to help find them.
A coordinator’s ability to both inspire and inform is the key to making sure their class members stick to their plans long after FPU ends!
3. They create a space in churches to talk about money openly.
In some churches, the topic of money is taboo. But FPU coordinators communicate that it’s not only okay to talk about money in church, but that we should be—because the Bible has some pretty important things to say about it!
Coordinators create a safe environment around the subject of money. They are approachable, trustworthy and honest about their own money journey, so class members know they won’t be judged or shamed when they share their own.
Coordinators are also a source of accountability for their class members, because they genuinely care about the people they’re helping. Participants know that people—their coordinator and probably their classmates, too—are counting on them to show up and do their part.
Coordinators matter! They really are superheroes, because life transformation through FPU wouldn’t happen without them.