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Money and Stewardship Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

The first confession of the early church was “Jesus is Lord.” This involves the whole of our spiritual and physical lives every day. The church naturally focuses on spiritual topics because they are essential. However, Jesus himself used the topic of money and possessions in many of his teachings. His statement that “you cannot serve both God and money” confronts us with an important choice: who is our real leader in our life?

We all know that there is a strong reluctance to talking about money in church, since it is a sensitive and private matter. Yet the Bible gives very clear warnings about what could happen when the topic of managing money is not addressed from a biblical perspective. Although there are 2,350 direct and indirect verses about money and possessions, very few Bible schools and theology courses devote any time to teaching about handling our money and possessions. That results in church leaders rarely having an intentional and structured understanding or approach to handling finances other than teaching on giving. Teaching believers to handle money and possessions in God´s way is essential in the journey of discipleship. Money and Stewardship Mentoring can help you find some answers to the following questions:

  • Why talk about money in my church?
  • What does the Bible say about money?
  • How can you overcome the taboo of money in your church?
  • How can you develop a stewardship ministry in your church?

This type of mentoring is also offered in the cohort mentoring format.


Bert den Hertog is general secretary of Compass Europe and a member of the global leadership team of Compass World. He serves the national movements of Compass across Europe. He is also a financial coach and trainer in the area of recovery from debt and unemployment. Previously he served for eight years as the general secretary of IFES-Netherlands, a trainer in Governance for IFES Europe, and a member of the Advisory Board of Veritas Europe. He has also been a church planter and the head of youth ministries for a Dutch Reformed Inner Mission Organisation. After graduating he spent six years as a project manager in a business company and in his free time was an elder of a Dutch Reformed Church. Bert is married to Marjon, and they have five children.


Zsolt Szalai has spent most of his professional career in banking and private equity companies in Hungary. In 2006, he was called to serve as an elder in the Reformed Church of Szentendre, and since January 2018, Zsolt also serves as the head of the Board of Elders. Since 2014, he is leading Compass finances God’s way ministry in Hungary and since 2017 he is head of the leadership workshop of Hungarian Evangelical Forum. Zsolt also serves as the chairman of Association of Christian Leaders and Businessmen, a partner of CBMC International and Europartners. 


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