Dan Celia: ‘God Owns All of It; Christians Are Expected to be Good Stewards and Responsible With Our Investments’
PHILADELPHIA—For over two decades, Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, www.FinancialIssues.org) has helped people of faith honor God with their finances and be free from a fear of money.
And largely because of nationally syndicated host and biblical stewardship authority Dan Celia, more and more Christians have learned about biblically responsible investing (BRI) and are making decisions to ensure their money and investments are pleasing to the Lord. For guidance, many have trusted Timothy Plan, a partner of Financial Issues. In fact, Timothy Plan has over $1 billion under management from these biblically responsible investors.
Through his daily, three-hour program “Financial Issues,” heard on about 650 television and radio stations nationwide and reaching millions more on several television networks, Celia hopes the ministry continues to help people make good financial decisions.
“After all, God does own all of it—not just what we give to Him, but He owns the rest as well,” Celia says. “We are expected to be responsible with our investments. Our ministry exists so that we can help people make good decisions with what God has blessed them. The idea is that if we can help Christians be comfortable in their investment strategies and decisions, then they will be more comfortable in their giving—and hopefully, have more to give in the long run.”
Celia started a part-time radio ministry in 1997 and, 20 years ago, sold his small trust company that managed over $900 million to form Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries. Celia developed and today uses with great success a biblically responsible system of financial management. For the past 35 years, Celia has worked as an entrepreneur and businessman, starting eight corporations and co-founding two others.
Celia chose 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 as the foundational verse of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries. The reason, he said, is because that before Christians consider their financial stewardship, they must first come to the realization that God calls us, as believers, to be stewards first of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Paul reminds us,” he said, “as stewards of the gospel, that it is required by God that we would be faithful stewards. I believe that all of our financial stewardship—the stewardship of what God owns and what we have a responsibility to manage—is based on the fact that in everything we do, we should be endeavoring to be good stewards of the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the ways I believe that God has entrusted us to do this is through the giving of our financial resources. After all, we cannot all be teachers and preachers, evangelists, missionaries or pastors. But, we can all give to those ministries that are proclaiming the gospel, either directly or indirectly, and using their resources to grow the Kingdom.
“One of the ways we will be instruments of God here on earth is through our giving,” Celia continued. “My fear is that in 30 or 40 years, Christendom will be in big trouble financially. We are raising up generations that have no real concept of giving and, at the same time, we live in a country where we are watching the moral fiber and character decay before our eyes. We need to ensure that those good, sound ministries that desire to expand God’s Kingdom here on earth and who are proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ will have the financial resources to continue do so.”
The “Financial Issues” program airs on stations in every state in the nation and is heard globally online, with supporters from over 17 countries. Celia is a regular featured columnist for Townhall.com and has been a guest on Fox Business, Bloomberg, Salem Radio, FamilyNet, “The 700 Club” and many other top programs. He is a conference speaker, author of six books, publishes a weekly newsletter and has been the executive producer of several video productions. A soon-to-be-announced initiative, FISM-TV, is also producing original family-friendly content and other video projects, all keeping within FISM’s Christian worldview.
“I believe that God has raised up the ministry of Financial Issues and is continuing to give me the call from countless works in the world of business and finance so that I might minister to His people,” Celia said. “I pray that He will continue to use us for His purposes. Our goal is that we might all stand firmly in His obedience as we praise and give Him glory for all that we have and all the work He allows us to do.”
Read more about Celia, FISM and “Financial Issues” or visit the FISM website, its Facebook page, on YouTube at Financial Issues with Dan Celia or on Twitter @financialissues; download the FISM app here.
To interview Dan Celia of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or ext. 100.