Talking Dollars and Sense

Leading Theological Discussions on Money

Brendan J. Barnicle

Feb/2022, 208 Pages, Paperback, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640654488



Tools for clergy and congregational leaders to lead theological conversations about money.

Scripture and theology provide ample material for a rich discussion of money and possessions. Theologians of every era have written about money. Author Brendan Barnicle offers pastoral programs to bring the conversation into contemporary focus by considering personal budgeting and estate planning (personal discipleship), parish budgets and parish investments (communal ministry), and congregational partnering and policy advocacy (global mission).

BRENDAN BARNICLE is the rector at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, Oregon. Barnicle began working in finance as a corporate finance attorney, specializing in cross-border transactions. Subsequently, he moved to investment banking, and went on to serve at Vice President of Business Development and Chief Financial Officer at two Internet start-ups. He spent the majority of his investment banking career as Managing Director of Equity Research at a major bank. He has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg News and in The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Now, as a priest, he brings that familiarity with money and financial systems to the Episcopal Church. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

“Talking Dollars and Sense is a well-written book that has a systematic layout as to how leaders in the church can have healthy discussions surrounding money. The book helps with changing the status quo or stereotypical mindset that exists in the church today surrounding the topic of money.”—Alisa Kelly, Canon for Finance and Administration, The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee

“Brendan Barnicle reframes the concept of stewardship: not a season of the church year, not a fund-raising campaign, but a theology that guides the use of all our assets—every one of which is a gift from God. He challenges his readers to recognize how we can use our assets in ways that are creative, redemptive, and sustaining. And he offers practical guidance for engaging congregations in eye-opening conversations around money, faith, and justice. This book is a gift that can help move the church toward building Beloved Community.”—Demi Prentiss, Program Director, Research and Development, Episcopal Church Foundation

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