Let’s be honest: Most people don’t go into vocational ministry for the money. Ministry is an important and rewarding calling from the Lord, but the rewards aren’t typically financial. During a life in ministry, you’re likely to face a unique set of economic opportunities and challenges. The decisions and investments you make today can profoundly impact — for good or for harm — your ability to serve, teach and minister to others long into the future.
As you consider pursuing a theological education, Talbot School of Theology is committed to helping you explore all financial resources available and helping you to practice good stewardship of your gifts and resources. That’s why we’ve assembled this page. Below, you’ll find:
- Videos, articles and other resources that provide biblical and practical guidance on how to manage money
- Recommended reading on financial literacy, debt and discipline
- Opportunities for scholarships and financial aid
As you seek God’s will and wisdom for your life, don’t hesitate to contact Talbot for further advice and counsel.
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- Managing God's Money: A Biblical Guide, Randy Alcorn
- The Lost Virtue of Happiness, K. Isler & J.P. Moreland
- Tithing, Elliot Miller
- The Consuming Passion: Christianity and the Consumer Culture (Chapter 3 Money and Misery), Rodney Clapp
- Spiritual Landscape: Images of the Spiritual Life in the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 6 Consumption), James Resseguie
- Practical Generosity, Shane Enete
- Experience God as Your Provider: Finding Financial Stability in Unstable Times, Brian Kluth
- A Spirituality of Fundraising, Henri Nouwen
- God and Culture: Essays in Honor of Carl F. H. Henry (Chapter 18 Leisure and lifestyle), J. I. Packer
- Stewards in the Kingdom: A Theology of Life in All Its Fullness (Chapter 1: Docking the Ship), Scott Rodin
- More Money, More Ministry: Money and Evangelicals in Recent North American History, John G. Stackhouse
- God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School, Randy Alcorn
- Master Your Money: A Step-by-Step Plan for Experiencing Financial Contentment, Ron Blue
- Happiness, Randy Alcorn
“Understanding the importance of being a faithful steward changes everything. Being committed to managing God’s resources impacts the way you invest for eternity through money, time, positions, possessions, relationships and knowledge. Realizing that we brought nothing into the world, we are just managers puts a new perspective on our labor, our aspirations and our motivations.”
Dr. Rick Bee
“Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man’s real nature money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character. All through Scripture there is an intimate correlation between the development of a man’s character and how he handles his money.”
“Once we allow money to have lordship over our lives, it becomes Money with a capital M, a god that jealously dethrones all else.”
“I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands that I still possess.”
“If God was the owner, I was the manager. More than ever before I needed to adopt a steward’s mentality toward the assets he’d entrusted — not given — to me.”
“Stewardship involves so much more than putting money in an offering plate. When you stop to realize you can have an impact on your family and your community with every financial decision you make it helps put the power of stewardship in perspective.”
Dr. Rick Bee
“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.”
“The real issue is: How shall we use God’s trust fund — namely, all we have — for His glory? In a world with so much misery, what lifestyle should we call our people to live? What example are we setting?”
“We should travel light and live simply. Our enemy is not possessions, but excess.”
“The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.”
Miguel de Cervantes
“Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook and I will tell you where their heart is.”
Frequently Asked Questions
As you pursue a life of ministry, you will be faced with a myriad of financial challenges, opportunities and questions. Talbot School of Theology wants to walk with you in this journey by sharing the resources below, provided by the Ron Blue Institute. These videos will help answer some of the most pressing questions on your mind, and add perspective to some of life's most practical and complex issues.
Financial Aid Opportunities
Biola University is dedicated to helping students gain access to Christian higher education, especially those who would be unable to attend Biola without aid. It is our desire to provide financial assistance to students with demonstrated need, within the limits of the University's resources.