Question: What happens when a professor of accounting and a professor of pastoral theology get together? Answer: They write a two-part book about money and the church, and this is exactly what Janet and Philip Jamieson have done. Part one of their book discusses a theology of money, and part two applies that theology in a practical way to the life of the church. Part one includes a biblical and historical review of the relationship between money and the church that leads to a theology of money. Part two includes the basics of accounting, understanding financial reports, constructing budgets, and the benefits of financial transparency. Charts, examples, “management tips,” exercises, and discussion questions are sprinkled throughout the book. Congregations and leaders from a variety of Christian traditions will find the integration of theology and the practical application of that theology particularly helpful.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover