Dollars and Sense

Let’s talk about money!

Perhaps money is the elephant in your sanctuary, in your boardroom, in your sermon prep time, or in your family room. Whether we acknowledge it or not, our relationship with money informs… Read more »


Central Offers Grants to Fund Student Ministries

How can a seminary encourage and empower its students to dream, plan, and launch new ministry initiatives? Offer them grant-writing instruction and an opportunity to win funding for their ministries! The result:… Read more »


Financial Wellness for Thriving Ministry

Financial challenges, both personal and congregational, limit a minister’s capacity for thriving in ministry. These challenges are diverse and include any or all of the following: financial illiteracy, debt stress, diminishing resources,… Read more »


Nurturing Generosity: An Experiment in Money & Ministry

Financial challenges, both personal and congregational, limit a minister’s capacity for thriving in ministry. These challenges are diverse and include any or all of the following: financial illiteracy, debt stress, diminishing resources,… Read more »


Out of Sight, Out of Mind

According to a recent article on forbes.com, millenials are taking an “out of sight, out of mind” approach when it comes to educational debt. Studies cited in the article point out that this… Read more »


Philippians 4:13 Again

Philippians 4:13 is making the rounds on Facebook again this week. My friends have posted both this article from 2014 (http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/01/16/philippians-413-many-christians-misuse-iconic-verse/) and the funny cartoon below. I’ve been thinking about it, too…. Read more »


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… Read more »


Money & Meaning

I’ve been reading a wide variety of books in 2016, but none has impacted me quite as much as “The Soul of Money” by Lynne Twist. The book has so inspired me… Read more »


Bi-Vocational by Choice

When folks in ministry circles learn that I serve bi-vocationally in the contexts of a local church and a theological school, they inevitably ask, “Did you choose bi-vocational ministry?” Implied in the… Read more »


Do Good or Default?

Reading a wide variety of online resources like blogs, news articles, and online magazines is a regular part of my daily routine. Some resources are useful and others simply entertaining. Most do… Read more »