For nearly three decades, I have studied, taught, and consulted exclusively within the fields of economics and finance, and these comprise the default lens through which I view the world, including the operations and teachings of the evangelical church. Over this time, I have developed a genuine curiosity for the financial teachings of the Bible and have developed several seminal questions which I propose to address through this project, including: 1. What would Jesus think of the way in which the small "c" church manages God's financial resources? 2. For Christians, what is faithful financial living as set forth in the Scriptures? Although I have considered these questions at some length, I have not studied these questions with formal theological deliberation. The new direction outlined in this project will be Christian theology and doctrine, and, in particular, their applications to the Christian church's stewardship of resources and the parishioners' requirements for Biblical financial responsibility. The first phase of this study will take place during the summer of 2011. The scope of this study is an examination, explanation, and investigation of the church's financial responsibilities as presented in Scriptures and practiced by evangelical churches in West Michigan. After identifying the Biblical financial responsibilities of the church through study and theologian mentorship, I will survey churches for agreement and compliance with Biblical financial mandates. The expected outcome from this study is presentation at a Church leadership or Christian scholar conference during 2012 and publication in a peer reviewed journal. The second phase of this project (summer 2012) is to test the Biblical soundness of the popular literature available to Christians regarding Christian-based personal finance and investing. I will develop a rubric that measures the Biblical consistency of popular Christian personal finance literature. The expected outcome of this second study will be a presentation at an appropriate academic conference and a peer-reviewed article published in a targeted religion or theology journal.