We also pray that you will be strengthened with all His glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. 11 For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. 13 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,16 for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. 18 He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and through Him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth, by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 21 22 Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. 23 Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it. Colossians 1:11-23 Baptized over 40 adults on Easter Sunday! 5 baptized recently! Pray for Cindy – going through cancer treatments April 29th – Highest attended regular Sunday with 691! Salvation 108 (It’s higher than this but they don’t count them unless they have follow up.) 87 Baptisms 59% growth in Children’s ministry over last year LifeBridge Church Milan and Jen Bittenbender “Starbucks has always been about so much more than coffee. But without great coffee, we have no reason to exist.” Without ________ we (as a church) have no reason to exist. (Hint…Luke 19:10) We realized our Barista’s did not know how to produce a GREAT shot of espresso. So, we did something courageous, we shut every single Starbucks down for three hours, lost millions of dollars of revenue and trained our employees how to do it. Let’s imagine for a minute that you were going to shut down your church services – not to do something missional, out in your community; because we all know a lot of churches have done that and ARE doing that…which is GREAT. Let’s say you shut your church service down for one Sunday to train your people to be GREAT ambassadors for Jesus? Your goal is simple: that they would leave that service FIRED UP like they haven’t been fired up in a LONG time, to accomplish the Great Commission wherever it is that THEY do life. What would you do in that 60 minutes? What wouldn’t you do? What programming things, if any, would you do to inspire them? Have a discussion around your table. Fact: “We earned our respect and recognition because of one reason: the quality of our people.” That is SO true about the West MI District. You and our retired pastors, when we are led by the Holy Spirit, are what make this District great! “I chose that we would not use the economy as an excuse for our performance. We would fight the economic headwinds and rising commodity prices by reinvigorating customer’s attachment to our brand and creating highly relevant new products.” When we are not seeing the results we want to see, what are we tempted to blame? What should we do instead? What might we need to put our energy to? Howard Schultz had a clear responsibility: make Starbuck’s profitable again... One of the challenges pastors face is that they feel like it is their responsibility to do SO MANY things. If you had the luxury to spend an entire month just focusing on increasing the evangelistic fervor of your church, what are some of the first steps you would take to do that? How Leadership Teams Make Decisions Which side of the continuum does the leadership team of our church tend to naturally flow towards? What (if any) are the consequences of this? Which side of the continuum do I (personally) most naturally fall to? Which “tank” is in most need of being filled right now? My leadership tank? My soul tank? Zone Conversations… Lunch Keeping you informred… http://westmichigandistrict.com/images/ stories/importantdate.jpg Seminar Ideas Keeping you informed… Financial Planning for Pastors John Faber, CFP® Principal/Holland, MI Important Note • The information in this presentation is educational in nature, and it is not intended as individualized financial and/or investment advice. • The information about investment returns and Social Security benefits is presented for illustration purposes only. RonaldBlue&Co. Four Financial Questions • 1. Do you have long term, written financial goals? • 2. Are you purposefully using your money to help you meet your goals and not just using it for the immediate needs of today? • 3. Are you making wise investments? • 4. Are you prepared to care for your family in the event of death of disability? RonaldBlue&Co. Where does the money go? Income Giving Living Expenses Taxes Debt Payments Saving for Goals Education Other Retirement Major Purchase RonaldBlue&Co. Priority Investing Long-term Goals – Growth 5 years + Short-term Goals – Liquidity 5 6 months – 5 years 4 3 2 1 Eliminate all high interest/short term debt Credit Cards Automobiles Small Debt Keep one month’s living expenses in an interest-bearing checking account Living expenses are determined from your monthly budget Keep 3-6 month’s living expenses in a money market fund or savings account Customized Save for major purchases Investment using a money Solution market fund, CD or treasury bills (potentially a mutual fund) Diversify to meet long-term goals by investing in: •MMF/CD’s/ Treasuries •Mutual Funds 6 Speculate in: •Venture Capital •Limited Partnerships •Private Equity •Real Estate Fund other long-term personal and financial goals. •Bonds •Equities Automobiles Reserves to protect in case of disability, accidents, or any emergency Furniture Down payment on a house College for children Financial Freedom Vacation Home Pay off mortgage Develop a business RonaldBlue&Co. Reasonable Expectations • In retirement, you should expect to be able to take out roughly 4% per year of your investment value. • Example: A $250,000 investment portfolio allows for a $10,000 per year withdrawal ($250,000 x 4% = $10,000) • The higher the percentage you take out, the more likely you are to use your principal and see your balance decline 4% RonaldBlue&Co. Wesleyan Pension Plan • Huge benefit – 12% of salary goes to retirement plan • Assuming a salary of $60,000, the annual contribution to the pension plan would be $7,200. • Over 25 years, $7,200 per year invested at 8% would grow to over $700,000, assuming contributions increased with inflation. • A 4% withdrawal on $700,000 = $28,000/yr. RonaldBlue&Co. What about Social Security? • Assuming you have not opted out of Social Security, someone making $60,000 per year can expect to receive around $21,600 per year in Social Security benefits at full retirement age. • A spousal benefit of 50% or $10,800 is available • Given the assumptions made, total retirement income could be $60,400 ($28,000 from Wesleyan Pension, $21,600 from Social Security, and $10,800 for spouse’s Social Security Benefit). • www.ssa.gov RonaldBlue&Co. Have you opted out of Social Security? • You will need to replace $32,400 ($21,600 + $10,800) of Social Security income in our example above. • Remember the 4% rule? • To replicate $32,400 of income from an annuity at age 66, you will need to accumulate an additional $450,000 $500,000 (in addition to amount in Wesleyan Pension). • BUT…Social Security is indexed for inflation. • What will be the equivalent of $32,400 in 25 years assuming 3% inflation?........$67,800. • Replicating Social Security income requires a lot! RonaldBlue&Co. Another option for those who have opted out of Soc. Sec. • If your spouse is employed and in the Social Security system, you (pastor) may be able to get a spousal benefit from your spouse’s earnings. • If this benefit is small due to your spouse’s earnings (part-time work, etc.), consider delaying Social Security until age 70. • Every year Social Security benefits are delayed beyond full retirement age will increase the benefit by 8%. RonaldBlue&Co. How much life insurance is appropriate? • Calculate your future liabilities • See this example: • • • • College costs = $200,000 Pay off mortgage = $150,000 Student loans = $30,000 Family income = $750,000 (4% withdrawal = income of $30K) • Total need = $1,130,000 RonaldBlue&Co. Other Planning Ideas • Housing allowance available for pension benefits but NOT IRA money • Roth IRA/Pension vs. Regular IRA/Pension…know your tax bracket RonaldBlue&Co.