Don Simmons, CFP®
Don Simmons is a CFP® professional with over thirty years of experience managing nearly a quarter billion dollars of assets through the boutique investment firm he founded in 1988. He knows the power of investing in redemptive businesses to build people and communities. Simmons served with a London-based economic development fund where he coordinated a global management team that deployed mentors and financial capital to businesses in more than twenty of the least reached and most impoverished countries. Simmons combines his expertise in portfolio design with his diligent study of scripture to reveal the transformational impact that steward investors can have when their portfolios are deployed to expand God’s kingdom. Simmons has been married to Amy since 1989. In addition to family and missional enterprise, his passions include flying an antique (1948) seaplane and cooking pizza in his wood-fired pizza oven.
The Course Curriculum
In this course, you will learn how to invest God's resources for eternal impact.
By taking this course, you will learn HOW TO...
1. Be God’s Oikonomos
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. (James 5:1-6)
4. Generously Sow Financial Resources and Find Your Calling
Society grows great when people plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
Do you wrestle with these same inner conditions that I have shared? Is your heart breaking for the things that break God’s heart? Have you wept because of the enormity of the world’s grief? If not, could it be that you are ignoring God’s call to restore and reconcile a broken world? Investing in a freedom business might be a great place to start.
2. Invest and Support Charities and Have Personal Investment Goals
“Do you know the best way to help an impoverished child who is starving and illiterate?”
While most Christians have been well-schooled in donating a portion of their income to God’s causes, relatively few have ever considered investing their long-term savings, investment portfolio, or nest egg into businesses (like Dignity Coconuts) that have social, environmental, and spiritual impact in addition to financial return.
5. Invest Practically and Understand Risk and Return
You will learn the practical steps that a person can take to begin to invest a portion of their investable assets into missional enterprises, thereby managing God’s resources well.
Leaders complete their mission. They take risks that others would never take. Leaders step out in obedience to a higher authority to accomplish the primary objective, even if it requires sacrifice on their own part. A fiduciary of God’s resources must be willing to lead by taking risks that others are unwilling to take to achieve His purposes.
3. Do Righteous and Missional Business
As Christian investors we should know the difference and seek to invest in businesses whose values and standards for earning money are consistent with both God’s character and His purposes. These considerations go deeper than simply seeking righteous companies. Fiduciaries of God’s money are responsible to use it for His purposes. Let’s dig deeper to understand the extra steps we can take to embrace this serious responsibility.
6. Build an Optimized QBL Portfolio
Constructing a portfolio that achieves QBL outcomes through its underlying investment is not easy. I have served as a money manager and financial advisor for more than three decades. Most people would call me a professional investor, but my professional expertise is better described as an asset allocator. There is a simple difference between the two. Investors invest money to achieve a single outcome—usually to make more money. Asset allocators invest money into a variety of investments to balance and achieve multiple objectives at the same time.
7. Apply Six Qualities of Kingdom Capital and Investment
The character of God infuses capital with His attributes so that each time we invest in a Christ-centered business, the capital plays a critical role in fulfilling God’s goal of seeing His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. When the character of capital is influenced by mammon’s spirit, it gets sidetracked to earthly priorities, and the capital becomes derailed from building heavenly treasure. The practical implication is that Christ-centered businesses get overlooked for investment, even by Christian investors. In frontier markets, where agents of the Gospel are in short supply, so too is the capital needed to grow small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
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Resources Included With This Course:
- Video Introductions by the Author for Each Lesson (with key points highlighted)
- Brief Quiz with Each Lesson to Reinforce Key Points in the Lesson
- A downloadable eBook version of The Steward Investor by Don Simmons
- Investor Attestation Regarding Missional Investments
- Sample Kingdom Impact Plan
- The Entrepreneur's Pledge
- Recommended Next Steps to Begin Your Journey as a Steward Investor
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