More Money, More Ministry: Money and Evangelicals in Recent North American History

By Larry Eskridge and Mark A. Noll, eds.
Grand Rapids : Eerdmans (2000). 429 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Alex Montoya
12.2 (Fall 2001) : 258-258

More Money, More Ministryis about the role that money has played in the growth in North American evangelicalism over the last two centuries. The editors compiled a group of experts to discuss how evangelicals have used and raised money to advance the cause of Christ and the church. The work is extremely helpful in understanding the role and influence of money in the church and in Christian organizations.

The editors have rendered a great service to Christian leaders both in the church and in para-church organizations, which need great resources to operate their ministries. Larry Eskridge is associate director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College in Illinois. Mark A. Noll is from the same institution and is McManis Professo r of Christian Thought.

The book contains three sections: Part I: Overviews and Orientations. Here the editors provide a glimpse at the way things were in the past. The fourth chapter on “The Financing of American Evangelicals since 1945” by Michael S. Hamilton is especially insightful. Part II: Specific Studies present investigations into role of money in various organization such as the China Inland Mission, the funding of higher education, the ministry of Larry Burkett, and various fundamentalist institutions. There is also a discussion on the “New Era” scandal and its implications to evangelicalism. Part III: Concluding Observations offer two concluding chapters on the theology of money as it relates to the contemporary church.

Although the material in the book is somewhat focused on specific organizations, it is an excellent source in the study of how money does in fact impact Christian ministries. This reviewer gained much insight into the value of God-given resources and the proper and careful use of “mammon.”