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How Important is Your College Degree?

by Chuck Bentley May 17, 2017

A degree is simply the springboard of steps toward a career that ultimately glorifies God.

Settling into a career  is often a journey, not the direct result of a particular major. One job leads to another and God opens doors.

Bob Dickie, Crown’s President and author of Love Your Work, explains that, “We don’t have time to waste wandering down endless paths in search of our calling, passion, and purpose in life.”

Did you know that you are called to be a faithful steward of your time and your gifts and abilities? Stewardship is not just about finances. It’s anything that God has entrusted to you.

Taking time in college to try out degrees or career paths has become astronomically expensive, so taking more than four years or earning impractical degrees is typically unwise.

If your children know exactly what they want to study, praise God.

If not, be patient and observe what they do in their free time. What do they enjoy studying?

Nurture those interests by arranging meetings with professionals in that field so they can gain exposure and learn things they may not have considered. Help them prepare questions so they come away informed and better able to narrow down degree options. This will help them to avoid wasting time and money.  Also consider working with a Crown Career Direct consultant to point them in the right direction for their education or career choice.

And if you have not yet done so, have your child take a Career Direct Personal Assessment. As Bob says in his book, “It is hands down the best assessment I have found to help people understand their calling in life.” Help your child learn their unique design. It will grant them confidence and encouragement to joyfully pursue God’s call in their life.


Chuck Bentley is the CEO of Crown, the largest Christian financial ministry in the world, founded by the late Larry Burkett. He is an author, host of My MoneyLife – a daily radio feature, and a frequent speaker on the topic of Biblical financial principles. Follow him on Twitter and visit for more help.


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