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Crown Financial Ministries

Introduction of Ministry:

Crown Financial Ministries “Celebrating 16 years at FBCHP”

God requires us to be faithful in the managing of our money. Unfortunately, Christians have usually been taught only how to handle ten percent of their income - the area of giving. Although this area is crucial. By default, Christians have learned how to handle the other ninety percent from man’s perspective, not God's perspective. Crown Ministries teaches God’s principles of managing money. More important, people are entering into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and are genuinely excited to discover that the Bible has more than 2,350 verses dealing with money and practical answers to their financial problems.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Christian Education Ministry of First Baptist of Highland Park is to glorify God by using the gifts, talents, and resources of the disciples to develop and enhance their spiritual growth and maturity in Christ.

In July 1995, Assistant Pastor Reverend Ronald E. Crawford (then Dean of Christian Education) with approval from Pastor James J. McCord selected Deacon Lawrence J. Harper, Deaconess Shirley A. Harper, Deacon Ollie Williams, Sister Ruth Williams, Sister Nicole Richmond and Brother Charles Pemberton to attend Crown Financial Ministries Leadership Training. Deacon Lawrence Harper and Deaconess Shirley A. Harper were selected as the Crown Financial Ministries Church Coordinators. Three classes were formed that September on a trial basis. The results have been dynamic. Marriages are being strengthened, individuals are getting out of debt and people are becoming consistent savers generous givers and prudent consumers.

In May 1996, the Discipleship Ministry Coordinator, Deacon Duncan Calcote, Jr., included the students from the first Crown Financial Ministry Class in the Navigator 2:7 Discipleship Ministry graduation exercise.

For the first time, the 2005 Crown Financial Ministries graduation was held separately. The following numbers of students have successfully completed the Crown Financial course:

Number of Graduates
Number of Graduates

Activities and Services:
God has blessed First Baptist Church with a total of 905 students who have completed Crown Ministries financial accountability classes.

Although Crown Financial Ministries was founded in1985 as an interdenominational ministry, it was introduced to First Baptist Church of Highland Park in1995 and has spread to many churches around the Greater Metropolitan area and beyond. Several of our graduates are members of other churches and have implemented Crown Financial studies in their churches.

Through the vision of our Pastor, Dr. Henry P. Davis III, FBCHP advertised "Managing Money God’s Way" using biblical principles taught by Crown Financial Ministries on WAVA 105.1 FM & PRAISE 104.1 FM to help bring attention to this powerful teaching. This evangelistic outreach resulted in attracting students who have successfully completed this course from various churches and denominations throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

The First Baptist Church of Highland Park Crown Financial Ministries was requested to host a group from Japan by JAC Enterprises, Inc. This Japanese group is interested in identifying best practices for teaching financial principles for their country. With the approval of Pastor Henry P. Davis III a delegation of about twenty-five (25) Japanese with an interpreter visited First Church of Highland Park on September 21, 2005. Deacon Lawrence J. Harper and Local Crown Directors Mickey Garverick and Ralph Solbert gave a dynamic presentation on how to manage your money accordance to the word of God.

With the approval of Pastor Henry P. Davis, III the first Crown Financial Ministries’ Teen Class began Sunday, September 24, 2005, as a part of the Sunday Biblical Institute with Patricia Clover, Dr. Charles O. Roberts, and Veronica Jacobs as teen Leaders.

Approval was given by Pastor Davis to launch the Crown Budget Coach Team in January 2006. On May 27, 2006, Mickey Garverick a Crown Financial Ministries instructor taught a one-day Money Map Budget Coach seminar at FBCHP. This is a ten-week study-training course to prepare Christians to Coach other people in budgeting and debt reduction according to scriptural principles. Melody Hill and Dr. Charles O. Roberts are the team Leader.

In March 2009, the Gazette news paper featured an article on financial freedom lead by Deacon and Deaconess Harper (Church teaches message on money) at FBCHP using biblical principles taught by Crown Financial Miniseries. Making a Difference in managing money according to the word of God.

The June 2009, Crown Financial Ministries Graduation at FBCHP was covered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC-Television).

Class Meeting Schedule:
Classes meet weekly for two hours. Outside preparation homework and weekly scripture memorization. Study groups are less than 10
to allow students the opportunity to share information and build relationships throughout the course study.

Crown Financial Ministries Class study cost $45.00 for singles and $55.00 for couples and includes student manual and workbook materials.

Registration Forms are located in the Church Office complete the Registration Form, then mail to the address below or you can register on-line by clicking here Crown On-line Registration
Crown Ministry
First Baptist Church of Highland Park
6801 Sheriff Road
Landover, Maryland 20785.

Leaders & Co-Leaders for 2010-2011
Trustee Linda Arrington
Sister Shirley Ballard
Sister Lynnette battle
Sister Thersa Platt-Blackwell
Rev. George Chapman
Sister Sharon Gainor
Deacon Larry Harper
Deaconess Shirley A. Harper
Sister Pamela Leonard
Trustee Leslie Lewis
Deacon Larry McCormick
Deaconess Joyce McCormick
Sister Joan Reed
Dr. Robert O. Charles
Deacon Kyle Schooler
Deaconess Tawana Schooler
Trustee LaNita Tyler
Sister Margaret Washington
Sister Lisa Younger
Sister Clevette Williams
Teen Study Leaders
Patricia Clover
James Silver
Money Map Budget Coaches Leaders
Melody Hill
Dr. Charles O. Roberts

Scripture Reference:
"Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are the Ruler of all mankind; your hand controls power and might, and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength." - 1 Chronicles 29: 11-12 (LB)

Contact & Information:
For more information on Crown Financial Ministries, contact the Crown Financial Ministries Coordinators for First Baptist Church of Highland Park, Deacon Lawrence J. Harper and Deaconess Shirley A. Harper at (301) 336.3422 or email: crown@fbhp.org. You can also contact the the Church Office at (301) 773.6655 for information.

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