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Is Christian Credit Counseling Right for You?

Is Christian Credit Counseling Right for You?

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Daniel Cohen
UpdatedJun 11, 2024
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Key Takeaways:
  • Learn what makes Christian Debt Counseling Different
  • All Credit Counseling Firms Use the Same Process
  • Review Christian Credit Counseling Company to avoid scams

Christian Credit Counseling is a subset of Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS). Christian Credit Counseling firms perform the same work to get you out of debt that is done by other Consumer Credit Counseling firm. The key differences can be a spiritual motivation they have for their work and some supporting materials they provide with religious or spiritual content.

How Does a Christian Credit Counseling Service Work?

Financial Analysis

Like any CCCS, a Christian Credit Counseling firm works to help people struggling with debt. They assist you in a two-part process. The initial step is a financial review and analysis. The counselor needs to understand your overall financial picture. They can’t help you without knowing how serious you debt problem is, or know what solution you can put in place unless they know how much you can pay each month toward solving your problem.

The financial analysis is free and it includes a review of your budget. If you can cut spending or allocate your resources differently, you may be able to resolve your debt problems without professional debt relief assistance.

Debt Management Plan

Christian Credit Counseling firms work most effectively with you if your debt problem includes high interest rates from your unsecured creditors. They can arrange a Debt Management Plan (DMP) that puts in place interest rates from your creditors that range from 0% to about 15.99%. The rate they obtain for you doesn’t vary from what they can get for any customer and the rate one CCCS gets is the same one that any CCCS gets, including Christian ones.

The DMP is a black and white program. The size of the monthly payment, the interest rates, the fees, and how long it takes to complete it are clear. As long as you make the payments as agreed, the date you complete the program is available up-front (although you can accelerate your program by paying more than required).

What Makes a Christian Credit Counseling Service Different?

Christian Credit Counseling Service handles your debt problem the same way that any CCCS does. They both have about 25% of their clients complete their program successfully. With similar costs and results, it is very reasonable to ask what Christian Counseling Services do that are different. The answer is, "not much."

They may:

  • Offer a component of prayer in a consultation.
  • Provide some spiritual supporting materials.
  • Use language that is grounded in the Bible or references your obligations to God.
  • Give you the comfort of working with people with whom you share values.

While these are minor differences that don't affect the results you will obtain, they could be important to you. You should assign them the weight you feel is appropriate.

Don’t Get Scammed

It can be a heavy burden to be suspicious of anyone offering you help. However, a degree of healthy skepticism is important. There are firms that can use the Christian religion and language to hide behind. These scammers know they can fool some people by clothing themselves in righteousness, making it easier to take advantage of people inclined to trust others that share their religious viewpoint.

Never assume that a company presenting itself as Christian Credit Counseling firm is what they claim. Research them and check to see if they are properly licensed in your state, what their rating is with the BBB, and what reviews you can find online from present and former customers.

When you choose a firm to help you get out of debt, finding the right solution is the most important and finding the right firm to help you is second. If you value working with a Christian firm, whether it is a Christian roofer, accountant, or cleaning service, make sure that you choose a company that is known for providing excellent results. The same applies to working with a Christian Credit Counseling firm.

Struggling with debt?

Debt is used to buy a home, pay for bills, buy a car, or pay for a college education. According to the NY Federal Reserve total household debt as of Q1 2024 was $17.69 trillion. Auto loan debt was $1.62 trillion and credit card was $1.12 trillion.

According to data gathered by from a sample of credit reports, about 26% of people in the US have some kind of debt in collections. The median debt in collections is $1,739. Student loans and auto loans are common types of debt. Of people holding student debt, approximately 10% had student loans in collections. The national Auto/Retail debt delinquency rate was 4%.

The amount of debt and debt in collections vary by state. For example, in Wyoming, 24% have any kind of debt in collections and the median debt in collections is $2680. Medical debt is common and 17% have that in collections. The median medical debt in collections is $1515.

To maintain an excellent credit score it is vital to make timely payments. However, there are many circumstances that lead to late payments or debt in collections. The good news is that there are a lot of ways to deal with debt including debt consolidation and debt relief solutions.