I created RetirementStewardship.com after I decided that writing on personal finance, stewardship, and retirement was one of the things I wanted to do in “retirement”. For me, “retirement” simply means when I am no longer employed in a 9 to 5 job and therefore free to pursue other things – the things that God has called me to do. This blog is part of my plan to “steward my retirement” by doing something I enjoy with the goal of serving God and helping others.
I started this blog in 2015 but I retired from my position as an Enterprise Architect and IT Strategist for a large regional bank in the fall of 2018 after working for over 30 years as an IT professional. I have also been a social worker, social work administrator, account executive, telecom/network engineer and planner, marketing technical consultant, IT architect, consultant, manager, and director. My background is that of an IT professional, not a salesperson or financial adviser. My mission is to help others with their finances, careers, and retirement.
I am not a self-described guru or financial/retirement planning “expert”. I don’t dispense professional investing or retirement advice as I am neither qualified nor licensed to do so. Therefore, the information here is intended for informational and educational (and sometimes entertainment) purposes only. You can read the Disclaimers here.
My perspective in authoring content for this blog is that of someone who is making the same important decisions about retirement stewardship that you are. So if you want to hear from a pretty average, financially conservative guy who writes about the realities of planning and living in retirement from a Christian stewardship perspective, then you may find some help and encouragement here. My goal is to be a trusted independent resource for you as you navigate one of life’s most challenging transitions: planning for and living in retirement.
My basic views on personal finance are that I value simplicity over complexity, pragmatism over sophistication, and I believe that money is a gift from God and a means to an end and not an end in itself. My goals for this blog, and through the other services I offer, are to help make the world a bit better for us, our families, our churches, and our communities by encouraging us to live within our means, save prudently, invest wisely, and give generously of our time and our resources during all stages of life. In other words, to be a good steward of everything God has given us.
In terms of my education background, I have a B.S. degree in psychology and sociology from Rollins College, studied in the M.A. in Counseling program at the University of Central Florida, earned an M.B.A. from Florida Institute of Technology, and have done post-graduate work at Nova Southeastern University (Computer Information Systems) and Reformed Theological Seminary (Theological Studies). I am also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Training Program at Emory University in Atlanta and have taken a number of other leadership development and management training classes throughout my business career.
Much of what I have learned about retirement stewardship comes from my own research and experience. I have an “always learning and growing” perspective on life and business, so I continually read about and study this topic as well as others.
In addition to writing for this blog, I am also a financial and stewardship coach. I am currently focusing my activities on the stewardship ministry in my local church, but I may expand that in the future.
I am trained as a Financial Master Series Coach* by The Lampo Group (Ramsey Solutions) and lead the stewardship ministry at my home church. I also lead Ramsey Solutions’ Financial Peace University (FPU) seminars at my church. In addition to my training from The Lampo Group, I am also a graduate of Dan Miller’s (48Days.com) Coaching with Excellence training program.
I am also a certified Coaching Core Essentials Graduate (CCEG) from CoachU. CoachU is considered one of the leading international training programs for professional personal and business coaches and is fully accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The CCEG program is 70+ hours of coach-specific training that has been accredited by the ICF. I subsequently received ICF approved Coach Mentoring through Coach Approach Ministries.
*Chris Cagle attended and completed The Lampo Group’s Financial Coach Master Series Training. However, completion of this training does not create an employment or an agency relationship, or give any Coach the right to speak for or bind Dave Ramsey or his company, Ramsey Solutions /The Lampo Group, Inc., nor does it constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Dave Ramsey himself.