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Adam J. Copeland

Adam J. Copeland

Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders

Biography

Adam Copeland has served Luther Seminary as director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders since 2015. Copeland previously taught at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he was director for faith and leadership.

Copeland brings his experience in communication and leadership from both ministry and academic settings. Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2009, he pastored at First Presbyterian Church in Hallock, Minn. He then served as mission developer of The Project F-M, a new mission start in Fargo-Moorhead, Minn.

He received a Bachelor of Arts 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.

Copeland is the editor of two books: “Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship” (Westminster John Knox Press, 2017), and “Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014). He has authored book chapters on subjects ranging from digital culture and contemporary ministry to stewardship and church leadership. He has contributed writings to many publications, including Journal for Preachers, Hybrid Pedagogy, Word and World, and the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

 

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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