Craig A. Satterlee
Both new and veteran preachers alike find the annual stewardship sermon a challenge and are eager for encouraging, practical advice. In Preaching and Stewardship, Craig Satterlee offers a nuts-and-bolts handbook on preaching stewardship, raising issues preachers need to consider when preparing stewardship sermons and offering advice on how to address them.
Satterlee argues that stewardship preaching must include a bold and concrete proclamation of God’s love, will, and justice, as well as an invitation to grow as stewards in response to this proclamation. He focuses each chapter on a question preachers ought to ask themselves as they prepare the stewardship sermon, beginning with, “What do you mean by stewardship?” and “Why should we give to the church?” In chapters 3 through 6, he explores what the Bible says about stewardship. In chapter 7, he names some of the assumptions both preachers and worshipers bring to the stewardship sermon. The final chapter a variety of ways congregations can support the stewardship sermon.
Satterlee illustrates the premise of each chapter with anecdotes from congregational life. Preachers who desire examples of stewardship sermons will especially appreciate stewardship sermons he shares from various preachers to illustrate points in the main text.
"Craig Satterlee writes the preaching books the church needs."
—John A. Dally, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"At last! A book on preaching and stewardship that is both full of good, practical sense and replete with soaring theology. Satterlee shakes us loose from all mundane notions of stewardship in favor of the claim that the way we use money can be a bold 'act of resistance to the powers at work in the world that are opposed to God.'"
—Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
This book is an invaluable guide for preachers who long to believe that biblically grounded and clearly articulated sermons on stewardship can grow people’s giving and their faith.
—Stephen Chapin Garner, author, Getting Into Character: The Art of First-Person Narrative Preaching
Craig A. Satterlee teaches preaching at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the University of Notre Dame, and is Dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program. He is consulting pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Glenwood, IL. His books, which explore the relationship of preaching and worship, stewardship, mission, and leadership, remain fully theological while engaging on-the-ground realities in the life of the church. Titles include When God Speaks through Change, When God Speaks through You, and When God Speaks through Worship (Alban). Visit Craig at craigasatterlee.com.
Alban No. 417
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