Faith, Finances, and Flourishing

By Angela Barker Jackson
Money & Ministry Program Director 

While the subject of money may be somewhat taboo in social circles and faith communities, its presence is constant. Money impacts nearly every aspect of our individual lives. About it our faith speaks abundance, and the world screams scarcity. Amid competing voices and a culture given to excess and constant striving after wealth, we may feel trapped by money’s hold over our lives. Then we gather into groups and organizations and bring those feelings along with our combined experiences, learning, mistakes, attitudes, beliefs, and values to the whole system. Those of us who aspire to lead in matters of faith face the daunting task of making sense of the complicated variety of dispositions toward financial resources as we seek the good of our organizations.

Lynne Twist in her book, The Soul of Money, asserts, “Each of us experiences a lifelong tug-of-war between our money interests and the calling of our souls.” (17) What if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if our financial lives were fully integrated into our rich and meaningful lives of Christian service? What we’re talking about is wholeness, and it is essential if we seek financial wellness. With some intentional reflection and critical thinking, we can transform our attitudes, assumptions, and practices, thus freeing ourselves from money’s grip so that our resources can flow freely through our lives in ways that nurture us and impact the world around us. In working with ministers and seminarians on economic challenges over the last five years, I’ve found the following personal and practical strategies helpful in coaching persons toward financial wellness.

 

Personal Strategies for Financial Wellness

 

Practical Strategies for Financial Wellness

 

If you’d like to learn more about financial wellness or engage these topics with a coach, email me. I’d be delighted to partner with you. Also, check out the resources below for study and reflection.

Walter Brueggemann, Money and Possessions, Interpretation Series(Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016).

Margaret Marcuson, Money and Your Ministry(Portland: Marcuson Leadership Circle, 2014).

Luke Timothy Johnson, Sharing Possessions: What Faith Demands (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2011).

Henri Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fundraising(Nashville: Upper Room, 2011).

Kerry Alys Robinson, Imagining Abundance(Collegeville, MN: Order of Saint Benedict, 2014).

Lynne Twist, The Soul of Money, (New York: WW. Norton & Co., 2003).

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