The Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning, which focuses on applying biblical principles to all areas of the financial decision making process, will open in January at Indiana Wesleyan University. The Institute is a partnership between IWU, a leader in Christian higher education, and financial expert Ron Blue.
A personal finance class, developed through the Institute, is scheduled in the spring of 2012.
Institute objectives also include:
- A 15-credit-hour hybrid Financial Planning Graduate Certificate that can be completed in less than a year; classes will be available online and onsite
- Undergraduate and graduate degrees
- Training and research
Blue, president of Kingdom Advisors, also founded Ronald Blue & Co., LLC. He has written 20 books on personal finance from a biblical perspective, including the best seller, Master Your Money.
Ronald Blue & Co., a fee-only financial and investment consulting firm, manages $7 billion in assets and has a nationwide staff of more than 250 people. Kingdom Advisors, a ministry that equips financial professionals to integrate biblical wisdom into their client counsel, has a membership of more than 1,300 Christian financial professionals.
"Indiana Wesleyan University believes that the placement of this Institute at a robust evangelical university with an entrepreneurial spirit is a perfect fit for the soul and the message that Ron Blue has sought to communicate through his writing and teaching," said Dr. David Wright, IWU provost.
"From college degrees to professional certifications, financial advisors and organizational leaders will find easy access and deeply reflective engagement with Ron's biblically based advice and resources," Wright added. "The broader community, including civic organizations, churches and lay and civic leaders will find systematic help through the programs and resources offered through the Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning."
Blue said he was privileged and excited about the partnership between IWU and the Institute for Financial Planning and what it would accomplish for God.
"God's Word speaks authoritatively and timelessly to all financial planning and decision making, providing us with wisdom for the process and principles for the decisions," said Ron Blue. "Since IWU integrates faith into all aspects of its educational endeavors, the University is uniquely equipped to deliver to the world a Biblical approach to all aspects of stewarding God's financial resources."