Jan
28
2006

What do you do for a living?

I (Chris) own a publishing company and head up a nonprofit ministry. Between the both of these, we bring home far less than a typical family of our size (is a family our size ever typical?). We live comfortably and contently. I love the work that I do and, when I can, I incorporate the kids in the hustle bustle of it all. Here are explanations of each business:

1. Training Minds Ministry, an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, hosts academic debate camps across the nation. Based off 1 Peter 1:13 “Train the mind for action,” the ministry’s purpose is to train young people how to think, speak and persuade (in that order). Click here for more information.

2. Monument Publishing is the publishing firm for the ministry (and also the taxable side of the work we do). We publish curriculum, textbooks, handbooks, DVDs and CDs, study helps, and other resources that help prepare the student to compete in academic speech and debate. The publishing company has also published family products like Wendy’s cookbooks and diet book. Click here for more information.

The Jeubs believe that basic business and entrepreneurial skills are fundamentals that every child should learn. The Jeub children all participate in some form or fashion in helping run the family business. They do much more than just stuff envelops or empty the trash. They are active parts in our family entrepreneurial ventures.

"Train the mind for action" - 1 Peter 1:13. The Jeubs take part in running the largest debate camps in the nation.

"Train the mind for action" - 1 Peter 1:13. The Jeubs take part in running the largest debate camps in the nation.

About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.

  • http://www.tracybookmanphotography.com Tracy Bookman

    How do you manage to live (in Monument!), comfortably, on $40k/year?

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    A: Read our book. =)

  • Mother of 1

    It helps if you don’t have to buy clothes, shoes, etc.

  • JoAnn Hon

    I’m wondering how you manage to keep debt down? My husband and I have about 13,000 in cunsumer debt. My question is have you ever had debt?and if so how did you go about getting out of it?

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    Good question about debt. We have a home mortgage, but that is the only debt we carry. We have some credit cards, but we rarely are unable to pay them off every month. We use credit cards quite a bit, but we keep a tight reign on allowing them to exceed our means. We own our vehicles, too. A great resource for debt management is Crown Financial Ministries.

  • Laura W.

    It seems like everytime I get a vehicle paid for, it’s only got maybe another year left before it dies on us. I’ve never been able to figure out how to have reliable vehicles and be debt-free. We always buy used – so I’m not talking anything spendy. Do you do your own repairs?

    What do you do for vacations?

  • Jeffsangel

    which book? How about a family of 6 on 18-20,000 year….?

    • Jeffsangel

      That is my delemma. We can’t seem to get anything saved till the next “crisis” comes. Then we are  stuck going into debt to solve that prob. Of course, sometimes the solution is to just do without, but we can’t always do that.
      Our story is a rather long one, but to make it short…..my husband and I were not very responsible with our finances as singles and then when we married, we both carried a lot of debt. Not long after we were married my husband had to “come out of work” because of a serious back problem. He had surgery but that only made it worse and he was not able to work much of anything besides small (extremely sporatic) computer jobs for about 8 years. He still has a LOT of pain, but he is working full time now. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
      It pricks my conscience and “hurts my feelings” to hear people say that a Christian should never be on “welfare”.  I worked full-time for 5 years and worked part-time before that so that we could survive, but we still needed “help”.
      Now, I know that we are “poor”…..but we have a good life. We have each other, a warm house, clothes, utterly too much stuff (thanks to my mom and goodwill), and we have food. Some of what we have we got with the earned income tax credit. Some we got because (dare I say it) the Lord is blessing us through a gov. program called Food Stamps.
      Right now we have about 2,000 in debt. Not much, but that payment really cuts into the monthly budget. We usually pay off whatever debt we have accumulated over the year when we get our tax check, but we try really hard not to count on that. It wont always be there to “save” us.
      I would really love to hear from you. You could respond to my personal email, if you have time…..Thanks