Financial Stewardship for Future Ministers
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.
Questions about debt management and financial stewardship?
A financial coach from Biola University is available to answer your questions at no cost.
- 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.
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.