Benton church offering way to avoid financial distress

First United Methodist Church of Benton is participating in Financial Peace University, a nine-week course designed to provide families and individuals with with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success.

Classes meet once a week for a different lesson taught by program founder Dave Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

First United Methodist is located at 200 N. Market St. in Benton. Classes are held at 6 p.m. each Sunday and are now in session.

Contact Beverly Brister at (501)778-3601 for more information or to register.

Ramsey said his program, through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially.

"On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days," he says. "Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.

“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” he noted. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.”

 Ramsey notes that he knows firsthand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since that period he has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to gain control of their finances and avoid debt so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did.

 FPU lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey, and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization.

 After purchasing a membership. each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, an envelope system and an audio CD library.

Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to

Ramsey has authored five New York Times best-selling books: "Financial Peace," "More Than Enough," "The Total Money Makeover," "EntreLeadership" and "Smart Money Smart Kids."

“The Dave Ramsey Show” is heard by more than 8 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations and iHeartRadio. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at