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  • Author: Douglas Scalise is pastor of http://brewsterbaptistchurch.org/ [Brewster Baptist Church], Brewster, Massachusetts
  • Updated: 07/14/2010
  • Copyright: Douglas Scalise

At Brewster Baptist Church's Annual Meeting on February 9, 2010, they voted on their own version of Acts 2. ACTS (Assistance, Compassion, Trust, Sharing) Too. They are making available up to $55,000 from Brewster Baptist Church's reserve funds to be used for loans up to $5,000 per person/household, in increments of $500 at 1% interest to help meet immediate needs for people who are actively involved at Brewster Baptist Church. The purpose is to help our people with mortgage or rent payments, medical bills, utilities, transportation etc. in these challenging times.

Article  Article
  • Author: Rev. Gary Langness
  • Updated: 07/06/2010
  • Copyright: Gary Langness

Reflections on a legacy a man left behind.

Article  Article
  • Author: Valorie Putt rote this paper for a course, Money and the Mission of the Church, while in her second year at Luther Seminary.
  • Updated: 06/02/2010
  • Copyright: Valorie Putt

The author proposes how she as a stewardship leader will lead. Her paper is organized around six themes:  

  • Vision of Vibrant Stewardship Congregation
  • Core Biblical and Theological Perspectives
  • Personal Embodiment  
  • Leadership Initiatives
  • Collaboration
  • 5 Year Stewardship Plan

Article  Article
  • Author: David J. Lose holds The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary and serves as  the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching.
  • Updated: 04/06/2010
  • Copyright: dlose@luthersem.edu
    workingpreacher.org [Working Preacher]

The author gives five concrete messages for preachers to consider when preaching in times of crisis.
1. The primary word from the pulpit during any time of crisis is a word of comfort and promise.
2. At the same time, the preacher must be aware that many hearers are, indeed, disoriented, searching, and re-evaluating priorities in light of the current crisis.
3. There is also need and opportunity to turn our attention to the good of our neighbor.
4. The primary task of preaching is to call people to faith by announcing to them the steadfast promise of the God we see most clearly in Christ.
5. Perhaps the single most important thing any of us preachers can do to increase the effectiveness of our preaching is to get out of the church and visit our people where they spend their time -- in their homes, the places they volunteer and recreate, and where they go to school and work.

Article  Article
  • Author:
    David J. Lose holds The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary and serves as  the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching.
  • Updated: 04/06/2010
  • Copyright: Dr. David Lose
    www.workingpreacher.org

The author gives reasons why he loves to preach stewardship sermons.
1) It's not about money; it's about values.
2) People want to talk about this stuff!

He then gives concrete suggestions.
1) Preach stewardship throughout the year.
2) Tell people about the difference their stewardship is making.
3) You don't have to do this all alone.
4) Be honest about your concerns.