Free: Spending Your Money and Time on What Matters Most

Some folks in my church have begun a conversation about how to best support each other in reducing debt and spending less so that we can free up more money to give away. It’s a weird, but satisfying idea.

We are going on an overnight retreat next month to spend some time talking about what messages we got or didn’t get about money growing up and which of these things match our actual values now as adults and how might we, as a community, help one another live more fully into our values.  How might we be increasingly frugal so that we might become increasingly generous?

Just a few weeks after scheduling this retreat, Mark Scandrette’s new book arrived at my door step as though God herself hand delivered it.  Here’s the good news for me (and maybe for you too): I don’t have to come up with how to have this conversation, because Mark Scandrette has written a book about this exact thing which is chock full of insightful questions to ask and helpful things to try.

One thing I love and at the same time, kind of resent because it’s hard – is this book’s lumping together of spending time and spending money.  Just last week I was lamenting the time I spend on Facebook and realizing that I could still be up to date on FB and Twitter and spend about 70% less time on them.  Shit.  I hate that.

So grateful for this resource, for the totally practical ideas and the gentle invitation into hard questions that it offers us. Thanks Mark Scandrette. (i think)

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About Nadia Bolz Weber

I am the founding Pastor at House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. We are an urban liturgical community with a progressive yet deeply rooted theological imagination. Learn more at

  • Lennie

    This is an important discussion. It requires an increased awareness of
    just about everything for me to spend my money wisely, as an activist
    and not a consumerist.

  • Alice McCain

    We recently took a “Financial Peace Univ.”/Dave Ramsey class. As liberal Lutheran Christians we cringed at some of his references to a more legalistic God but also appreciated Ramsey’s values of giving back. I would love to compare the 2 approaches.

  • Brett FISH Anderson

    Hi Nadia, great post – I especially love how real and honest you are in it [may more of the church follow your lead].

    I am part of a non-profit called Common Change. We are friends with Mark and he actually mentions us right at the end of the book as one way in which this new way of doing economics and Jesus-following might look.

    In a nutshell we have a tool that is focused on collaborative giving – so connecting resources to needs but through the avenue of relationships. People form groups and donate money to their group and then as a group share and meet needs of people who are in one degree of separation from them [someone you know].

    So if you are looking for creative ways to take on some of the teachings that Mark has shared in His book or even just the idea of the church in Acts 2 then take a look and see if Common Change might be something you’d consider – would love to chat more with you about it if you want.

    But keep hungering and searching after kingdom things as you clearly are – it is exciting to watch.

    Love brett fish []

  • Carol Erickson

    May I suggest another source: The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge (Five Principles to Transform Your Relationship with Money) by Ted Klontz, Rick Kahler, and Brad Klontz. Ted and Brad have co-authored other titles that provide support in this journey. Well worth exploring.

  • Lothars Sohn

    I must always feel ashamed while thinking on my priorities :(=

    Lovely greetings from Germany
    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

  • Sandy Wilson Wickberg

    A light-hearted yet deeply serious group study is “7: a mutiny on excess” by Jen Hatmaker.

  • Camp Whisperer

    Glad to hear that your church is working on carefully utilizing resources to the purpose of giving more generously. The idea of studying financial management isn’t new to church studies, but it is rare to hear of a study that so intentionally emphasizes the purpose of freeing up money for better purposes. I read this and am encouraged about where the church is heading.

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