How much is enough?

No, really. How much is enough? It is an excellent question for seminarians to consider.

Central has been seeking answers to the economic challenges facing future ministers, and this week I am contemplating simplicity and sufficiency. In other words, enough.

Students are receiving steeply discounted tuition through generous scholarships, and yet many continue to take federal loans in amounts far exceeding actual costs.

How much is enough?

Students are preparing to lead congregations with fewer resources and nonprofits with limited funding, and yet their lifestyles may far outpace projected incomes.

How much is enough?

Ministers are seeking church calls in the midst of a changing economic landscape, and yet they deserve a living wage that enables them to provide for their families.

How much is enough?

Churches are searching for ministers to lead through rapidly changing days, and yet resources for compensating creative, innovative leadership are dwindling.

How much is enough?

Seminarians, ministers, and congregations must all be asking this question and thinking about the intersection of money and meaning; money can no longer be ignored or relegated to the profane category. The question calls for a long, hard look at priorities. It demands the consideration of sacrifice as spiritual discipline. It beckons the examination of simplicity as a faithful expression of vocational calling. It insists on the exploration of contentment as a sign of growth and maturity.

Money is here to stay. It’s time to address the many ways it influences our personal lives and our ministry lives. As you reflect on the question “How much is enough?” in your life and your church’s life, check out the list of great resources below. They are sure to help you consider how to make the most meaning with your money.

 

The Soul of Money    by Lynne Twist

Enough                       by Adam Hamilton

From the Center for Healthy Churches:

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e7d471250200d4bcdf5c4b404&id=f9b75a893b&e=19b21084f6

From the NY Times:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/how-much-money-is-enough/?_r=0