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I have spent the past seven months researching and writing on what I have labeled the intersection of faith and finance. The first phase of this study probes into the stewardship requirements and corresponding compliance of the Christian church. The second study phase is designed to question the education of biblical financial stewardship among individual Christians.

One of the many points of frustration with regard to studying church stewardship stems from the lack of work done in this area. And this lack of work probably stems from the lack of direct biblical passages pertaining to resource stewardship and the church. I have theories regarding other reasons for lack of work, and I will share them as content unfolds in the blog.

There is a body of work on personal financial stewardship, and certainly there is extensive scripture addressing the issues surrounding personal accountability with regard to wealth, work, money and possessions. I have had to bounce between the two phases of study to create a foundation from which to build the “church” study. Looking back, I should have started with personal financial stewardship and then addressed church stewardship. As they say, “hindsight is 20-20”.

My people experiences to date with the study have been most interesting. I would describe the ordained crowd as prima facie curious, and the laity as overtly enthusiastic. Although I am regularly frustrated with the “dead-ends” of this study and the feeling of having a target on my back, I am encouraged daily by the “folks in the pews” whose enthusiasm for the church and this study fuel the gleanings and emerging hypotheses. Their affirmation is priceless.

I have come far enough to lay the foundation of this work. It is time to share, engage and grow together in it. As I move forward with assembling the superstructure, please grab some tools and build with me.

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