Money Map Coach Training Course
Small Group Format
Introduction Special Note
Crown Financial Ministries recently changed “Budget Counselors” to “Money Map
Coaches.” This document will refer to Money Map Coaches. The term is synonymous with all references to “Budget Counselor” used throughout the former Budget Counselor
Reason for This Guide
The Money Map Coach Training Course (MMCTC) Small Group Format provides the opportunity for student coaches to interact with an experienced facilitator and peers as
they complete the MMCTC kit. The student coach‟s learning experience is enhanced
through small group relationship dynamics as well as through daily prayer, Scripture
memory, discussion of biblical principles and role playing case studies. MMCTC small
groups may be formed within one local church or in a community of several churches.
Qualifications of a MMCTC Small Group Facilitator
? Validated by church leadership; and
? Experienced Crown Biblical Financial Small Group Study facilitator; and
? Experienced Crown Money Map Coach
Purpose of the MMCTC Small Group
? Learn biblical and practical budget coaching principles
? Facilitate peer-to-peer learning
? Establish relationships among student coaches
? Share experiences and insights
Format of the MMCTC Small Group
10-week course, 2 hours per session w/homework.
Use of Bible study in Lessons 1-7/How Would You Respond?
Some student coaches who are Crown Biblical Financial Study small group graduates
mistakenly view the Bible study contained in lessons 1-7 as a repeat of the Biblical
Financial Study small group. However, as the facilitator, you will encourage them to
review the Scriptures in light of their application to specific Money Map coaching
The most effective way to accomplish this is to use the Biblical Principle class discussion
time each week to focus on the vignettes in the section titled “How Would You Respond to the Coaching Participant?” (located after the Notes section of each week‟s Bible study)
Challenge the student coaches to find specific Scriptures in response to each scenario.
Role playing is the primary method used to learn specific Money Map coaching
techniques. The student coaches should progress from observing to emulating what
they‟ve observed to coaching on their own. Materials
The syllabus and assignment sheet accompanying this Facilitator‟s Guide lead the facilitator and student coaches through the entire MMCTC kit following the order of topics in the Coaching Participant‟s workbook, Journey to Financial Freedom Manual.
When participating in an MMCTC small group, the student coaches should disregard the Weekly Assignment sheet found on page 4 of the MMCTC Textbook. They will follow
the assignments as outlined in the MMCTC small group syllabus.
The following pioneers walked alongside me the past 5 years as this format was inaugurated with over 150 student coaches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area: Charlie Sizemore, Skip Bryan, Marvin Benson & Brad Jack.
Dwight & Kathy Youngberg & Dave Kosanke took the initiative with a very skeleton outline to implement additional beta groups in Kansas City, KS and Tulsa, OK. Christy Speer developed the Role Play Observations.
Tom Wells and Connie Parks contributed much wisdom and insight from their years of coaching experience.
Most importantly, the Lord gave Howard Dayton a small group model of discipling that is effective not only for students of the Biblical Financial Study but also for training Money Map Coaches.
All glory to God,
Sharon B. Epps
Guide for Training Money Map Coaches
You have undertaken a great work – training new Money Map Coaches. Without knowing it, many of God‟s people worship money while giving lip service to worshiping
God. When they get in trouble, they seek help from Money Map Coaches. You are
preparing these student coaches to do God‟s work by drawing Coaching Participants away from a fixation on money and back to a fixation on God.
A successful facilitator‟s method is to motivate learning by the student coach.
There‟s a difference between teaching and learning. Teaching focuses on what the facilitator knows, expecting the student coach to adopt it and behave accordingly.
Unfortunately, this doesn‟t work too often. In fact, the student coach may seemingly agree with everything then go out and do it his own way.
The facilitator is most effective when helping the student coaches learn. The
responsibility for learning falls on the student coach‟s shoulders, not yours. You can guide and encourage the student coaches, but in the end they will decide what they
This guide is designed to lead you through a process of helping student coaches
learn to provide a ministry of Money Map Coaching. This process extends over a period
of ten weeks. Tools such as case studies and role playing will be utilized during the
training to assist the student coach in his or her practice.
Your main task is to point the student coaches in the right direction, encourage them,
help them focus on key ideas, and lead them to the point where they have the
confidence to try it themselves.
The student coaches will have several hours of homework each week. It must be
made clear to them that it must be done ahead of time. The class time will be devoted to
discussions of that homework.
Here‟s a good chance to build a habit. Encourage the student coaches to set aside
time each day to do the homework. Same time, same place each time. Hold the student
coaches accountable. (“Who has a regular time of study? Tell us about it.”)
Ten sessions of training
Each session lasts two hours. It combines Bible study, prayer, case studies and role-
During the first hour pray, recite the memory verse, and review biblical principles
from the MMCTC Textbook. During the second hour, introduce new material and role-
Crown’s Biblical Financial Small Group Bible Study
As a general rule, it is most helpful for each student coach to complete Crown‟s Biblical Financial Small Group Study prior to joining the Money Map Coach Training
Course Small Group. The Bible is the foundation for Money Map Coaching. With more
than 2,350 verses devoted to money, property and related matters, the student coach
needs a foundation in the Biblical principles.
If this isn‟t possible, then encourage the student coaches to complete all of the Scripture homework in the Money Map Coach Training Course Textbook. Hold them
accountable for doing it. You may have to do this with a short Q&A session before or
after the MMCTC small group meeting.
The purpose of role-playing is to see Money Map Coaching in action and practice it in a safe environment. It‟s a good idea to have a trained Money Map Coach first play the
role of the coach to model for the student coaches. You can use student coaches as
After several sessions where the student coaches have had the opportunity to observe, divide the student coaches into clusters of 3. One will serve as the Money Map
Coach, the second as the Coaching Participant and the third as the observer/note taker.
Whoever plays the Money Map Coach first will then become the Coaching Participant.
Rotate until all 3 student coaches have filled all 3 roles.
In each role-playing session, the observer/note taker should highlight the positive things they observed and the areas which needed improvement. Peer learning is a very
effective way to develop good habits for coaching.
Your student coaches are preparing for a great work for the Lord. It won‟t always
appear to be successful. If the Money Map Coach encourages the Coaching Participants
to begin to think seriously about the choices they are making, that will be a big first step. Remember what Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God 1gave the increase.”
You do your part, and God will do his. That will bring glory to him.
1 1 Corinthians 3:7
WEEKLY SMALL GROUP AGENDA
5 minutes Prayer
5 minutes Memory Verse
30 minutes Biblical Principles
10 minutes Break
50 minutes Practical Subjects/Role Play
5 minutes Next Week‟s Assignment/Review
15 minutes Prayer Requests/Prayer
Session 1 – Introduction & Course Overview
Goals for the session
Give student coaches an overview of the next 9 weeks. Introduce them to the facilitator(s)
? Welcome and introductions
? Outline of rest of course
? Review of homework
? Introduction to procedures and tools for Money Map Coaching
Handouts for the session
? Homework Assignment sheet
? Class roster
? “Some Principles of Money Map Coaching”
stSchedule – 1 Hour: Introduction to course
Open with prayer
Make sure students have name tags, ask them to introduce themselves (Week 1 style
from the Biblical Financial Small Group study) and state why they would like to become
Money Map Coaches.
Money Map Coaching is not just about money and budgeting. Its true purpose is to
develop a more intimate relationship with Christ. “If, therefore, you have not been faithful in the use of worldly wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you” (Jesus in Luke 16:11).
During coaching we‟ll continually refer to the Bible as our manual and source of
Money Map Coaching is a relational activity. While it is easy to focus on forms and
numbers, most Coaching Participants want personal attention and someone to listen.
Each case is unique. One size doesn‟t fit all. It‟s important that you be alert to this fact.
The reading materials provide you with principles and tools to use in coaching. We will
spend time learning these principles and becoming familiar with the tools.
Two most important items each week: (1) the memory verse and (2) “How would you
respond?” Both point to Scripture as the wisdom for coaching.
Generally, you will want to answer Coaching Participants with a verse from Scripture or
a restatement of a scriptural principle (For example, “Actually it‟s likely that we can develop a plan to pay off your debt. Then you want to avoid debt in the future [Romans
13:8]. Being in debt cripples your ability to serve Christ.”) The case studies and role playing will introduce you to some realities of the human
The facilitator and/or another trained Money Map Coach will model a coaching session
Student coaches will be given opportunities to practice and evaluate each other.
Successful Money Map Coaching occurs in an environment of trust led by the Holy Spirit.
Prayer is essential. The budget forms and numbers are merely communication and
planning tools, not the focus of Money Map Coaching.
Procedures and forms are guides to helping people change habits. They keep you on
track, but are not a substitute for learning delayed gratification and financial discipline.
The key is to build trust as a foundation for communication between the Money Map
Coach and the Coaching Participants.
There is a variety of materials in the box called Money Map Coach Training Course.
The Money Map Coach Training Course Textbook (“Textbook”) contains readings,
exercises and cases.
A Textbook Resource CD-ROM contains a number of useful reference materials. You should become familiar with the subjects and some of the verses.
The Family Financial Workbook (“FFW”) contains a step-by-step process for creating and using a budget.
You and your Coaching Participants will use the Journey to Financial Freedom Manual (“JFFM”). You should become thoroughly familiar with it. It is one of the important tools.
A page of Bible verses may be found in the Appendix. Most of these you have
memorized from the Biblical Financial Small Group Study. Occasionally go back over
them to refresh your memorization of them. Like many of the other things in this course,
they are tools to help your Coaching Participants reach their goals.
? The rest of the materials are useful for ideas and references. You will
read portions of them throughout the small group and will also refer
back to them from time to time as continuing education.
ndSchedule – 2 Hour: Coaching Basics/Introduction to Role of Personality
Hand out “Some Principles of Money Map Coaching.” Go over key points
Purpose of coaching is to help Coaching Participants change for the better, particularly
moving toward the fullness of Christ.
Coaching Participants respond to situations and others in different ways. Need to
understand how they think about things, how you think about things.
Use DISC profile to identify four basic personality types. Describe these with examples.
Encourage questions as you go along.
If the students don‟t ask questions, ask some yourself: “What kind of a person is a „D‟?”
“Any questions about filling out the profile?” Homework for next session
Review materials in kit. Show the student coaches what they will use in the course. Walk
them through pages of assignment for next week.
Helpful resource information may be found at www.crown.org in the Library and Tools sections.
Listen to Welcome CD
Read chapter one of Money Map Coach Training Course Textbook. If you have already taken Small Group Bible Study, review your notes. Otherwise do all of the daily studies
and read the material on pages 9 through 18.
Answer “How Would You Respond?” with specific Scriptures. If you don‟t know a specific Scripture for a given question, leave it blank.
Memorize 1 Chronicles 29:11
Take Personality ID. Only after taking ID, read pages 93 to 96 in Money Map Coach Training Course Textbook
Read the “Family Budgeting” article on the Textbook Resource CD-ROM located in the back of the Money Map Coach Training Course Textbook. This article is also on www.crown.org, Library, Pamphlets, and scroll down to the bottom section.
Student coaches will need to attend 8 of the 10 sessions in order to successfully
complete the course.
Some Principles of Money Map Coaching
It‟s easy to get mired in details of Money Map Coaching. There are so many things
that come up that it‟s tempting to try to provide rules for everything. This quickly proves
frustrating and fruitless.
It‟s useful to focus on a few ideas. When things start getting bogged down, you
should go back to the biblical principles and stop to pray.
You can’t change people. Allow God to change them.
They have to see what they can do that will work for them. The most you can do is guide
them in the right direction.
It’s about habits.
Most people get in trouble because they drift into destructive behaviors. Why do we
carry credit cards? Habit. Except on trips, you can generally leave them at home without
causing any problems.
The Money Map Coach wants to help the Coaching Participants see their behaviors in
context of biblical principles, then encourage them to come up with some solutions.
“All the extra spending shows up on the Visa card.” “Well then, what do you think you
can do about it? What will work for you?”
It will be important to hold the Coaching Participant accountable for coming up with a
working solution at each session: “What did you decide about the Visa card? How has it
It’s about emotions.
Frequently, Coaching Participants will come to a session frightened, upset, or at odds
with one another. The first task is to create and maintain a calm environment. As sailors
say, “Keep an even strain on things.” Some spending changes, no matter how logical, are not going to be made. A wife may
have her children in preschool. Eliminating that cost would go a long way toward
bringing spending in line with income. The preschool is wrapped up with her identity, and
it‟s going to be hard to get her to drop it. She would rather do without essentials rather
than take the blow to self-esteem. Be on the lookout for these situations and tread
It’s not hard to start making improvements.
In many cases, only two or three things need to change to start turning things around.
(1) Leave the credit cards at home, (2) Use cash for daily expenses, and (3) Create a
special account for irregular expenses, such as doctors‟ visits or car repairs. This is
important for eliminating debt.
Paper is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
It‟s very easy to focus on filling out all sorts of forms or filling them out completely when it
isn‟t necessary. The Coaching Participants then lose sight of what they are trying to accomplish: finding the two or three things that will work for them.
The purpose of a form is insight, not numbers. Only two forms are absolutely essential: a
financial statement and the monthly income and expenses form.