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Adam J. Copeland

Adam J. Copeland

Director of Stewardship Leadership

Biography

Adam Copeland joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July 2015 as director of stewardship leadership. Copeland previously taught at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he was Director for Faith and Leadership. He also served as Mission Developer of The Project F-M, a new mission start in Fargo-Moorhead, and as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hallock, Minnesota.

Copeland received the Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude with distinction in religion from St. Olaf College. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in rhetoric from North Dakota State University, with a focus on digital rhetoric and fundraising.

Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2009, Copeland has served the national church as director of the Montreat College Conference and as a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song that developed Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013).

Copeland is the editor of two books -- Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship (2017) and Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College (2014) -- and author of many book chapters including those on digital writing, contemporary ministry, and church leadership. His articles have appeared in Journal for PreachersHybrid PedagogyWord and World, and the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. He is a frequent contributor to The Christian Century magazine and a regular contributor to ONscripture.com and Bearings from the BTS Center.

Copeland’s research interests include: stewardship, crowdfunding, digital culture, church leadership, and religious rhetoric. He is a regular conference speaker and guest preacher. 

Featured Work

A Broader Appeal: How Crowdfunding Inspires Creative Ministry

A Broader Appeal: How Crowdfunding Inspires Creative Ministry

The Christian Century magazine (May 27, 2015)

In this cover story for The Christian Century magazine (May 27, 2015), Copeland describes how congregations are experimenting with crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo not only to fund new ministry, but to imagine a new way of participating in God’s digital community.

A Broader Appeal: How Crowdfunding Inspires Creative Ministry

Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship

Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship

Westminster John Knox Press (August 2017)

Everyone knows that stewardship is more than money and finances. Nevertheless, seldom do we give time to explore the profound concept of stewardship in its many dimensions, including stewardship of time, work, body, mind, spirit, community, technology, and more. Beyond the Offering Plate does just that.

Written by ten engaging pastors, seminary professors, and church leaders, this unique resource offers a diverse and holistic approach to stewardship. In ten accessible chapters, readers will learn how they can faithfully and practically discuss and engage with stewardship on a regular basis. Ideal for church leaders, seminary students, and pastors, this book includes questions for reflection and applications for life together at the end of each chapter. Copeland adds a special section with biblical references and preaching themes at the end of the book.

Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship

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