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Christian communities need to harness skills of agile leadership, stewardship, social entrepreneurism, and management to be nimble enough to respond to a changing cultural landscape.


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Apr. 28, 2015

What me, a stewardship leader?

As I move about our campus I visit with Senior students who are in their final weeks of classes as they prepare for graduation, call process, ordination and First Call. What excitement ……and anxiousness! Stewardship leadership is one of the things they are thinking about. I encourage them to find a good coach, a Pastor with proven skills and a
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Apr. 14, 2015

Stewardship of Creation

Today we conclude our four-part series on the Stewardship of Creation with an article that anchors our identity and purpose as stewards within the scriptural witness. Look for the ways in which we work-till-serve and guard as God’s stewards. Please enjoy creation’s gifts as our northern readers witness the return of life to fields and forest. Blessings, Glenn Taibl, Co-Director
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Apr. 07, 2015

Broadening our Vision of Stewardship

Stewardship as the management of all of life with Christ at the center includes our relationship to creation. Today’s writer helps us explore what happens when the Stewardship of creation is not marginalized in the congregation’s ministry as an after thought but becomes part of our discerned mission. Blessings, Glenn Taibl, Co-Director Center for Stewardship Leaders Luther Seminary Broadening Our
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Mar. 24, 2015

Meet the New Director!

It is a true pleasure for us to introduce to you the new Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders, Adam Copeland. Adam brings a fresh perspective and wonderful energy to the Center, and we know this ministry is in good hands as we continue the journey with all of you. Adam will begin at Luther Seminary on July 1.
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Apr. 08, 2014

Youth and an Earth Ethic

A blog post by Rich Holleque I have been pondering a question lately as I have continued to write my senior paper for the CYF program here at Luther Seminary: “What would it mean in youth ministry to proclaim the message of the gospel with an intentional focus of Christian stewardship of the earth?” In other words, how do we
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Feb. 21, 2014

Framing Ministry in Transition

A blog post by Kris Borke Image Credit: Red Leaves for Autumn by Dan Foy on Flickr As if first third ministry wasn’t hard enough in today’s culture, how do we not only survive, but thrive in transition? Being part of a ministry in transition, especially when it affects those in the first third of life, is a little like
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Nov. 25, 2013

Raising Stewards

A blog post by Carole Joyce What is on your top ten list of things to cover in confirmation? Go ahead and make that list: God’s grace, baptismal identity, relationships, discipleship, Bible, prayer… November’s theme for the First Third reflection is stewardship, so be honest; did stewardship make your list? Last week Jonathon Davis concluded his blog post: “Don’t talk
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Nov. 23, 2013

Stewarding the Other “T”

A blog post by Tim Coltvet Image Credit: iPad and iPhone by Sean MacEntee on Flickr Time, talents, treasures, and…Technology? How my fifth grade son has become so adept at typing may not surprise you. Playing Minecraft and a host of other online games has him punching the keyboard like a rag-time piano player. Building fictitious worlds and kingdoms, communicating
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Nov. 21, 2013

Stewardship and Young Adults

A blog post by Grace Duddy Image Credit: Making a Difference?? by Madhan R on Flickr A little over a year ago, my colleague, Chick Lane, and I became fascinated with the topic of “stewardship with adults under 40”. As an “adult under 40” myself, I had noticed that “stewardship” was not something that my friends were talking about. I
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Nov. 19, 2013

A Fresh Vision in Stewarding

A blog post by Jonathan Davis Image Credit: Matthew 6:21 by Mengjie Jo on Flickr I have this theory. Sometimes I wonder if theology and ministry are just like fashion — it’s all about what’s trendy. I listen to a lot of sermons. It seems that sermons on the same text over the years shift in focus and theology because we