Many pastors find it difficult to talk about money in the church. Why is this? Probably because it has been so abused. No one wants to be the guy who resorts to guilt or cheap gimmicks to motivate people to give more. As a result, some leaders find it an easy subject to avoid.
But the Bible says more about money than almost any other subject. Obviously, there is a direct correlation between our faithfulness to God and how we handle our money.
Jamie Munson is the Executive Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. He has just written a new book on this topic called, Money: God or Gift. I read it in one sitting last week. It covers everything from spending, to savings, to giving. And it does it all in a positive, balanced way. Amazingly, it’s only $5.00 on Amazon.
I was able to interview Jamie via Skype. You can watch the embedded video above. Specifically, we talked about:
- What prompted him to write the book
- Why so few Christians give to their church—or any other cause
- Some unhelpful ways Christians and churches talk about money
- How the people in his own congregation have responded to the message of the book
- How the book reflects his journey from being a non-Christian to a pastor of one of the country’s largest, most influential churches.
If you are looking for a good, solid book on money—one that provides a biblical overview and practical application—this is it. By the way, you can connect to Pastor Jamie on Twitter, too.