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Stewardship Symposium – “Messing with the Power of Mammon”

Dr. Craig Alan Satterlee will be the keynote presenter at the 2020 Stewardship Symposium at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Stavros Lecture Hall on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch and a copy of his book, Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow, will be provided as a part of the registration fee. The symposium is for lay persons, seminarians, pastors, deacons, alumni, congregational stewardship committees, friends and other interested persons.

The symposium will focus on stewardship that includes 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. SESSION 1: Messing with the Power of Mammon: SETTING PEOPLE FREE We often think we talk about money in church in order to make our budget and to begin new programs. This is certainly true, yet it goes much deeper. The greatest challenge to trusting and following Jesus is money or Mammon. Mammon seeks to hold our spirit captive to become Lord of Christ’s Church. When we talk about money and ask people to give away money we set spirits free to follow Jesus. SESSON 2: Messing with the Power of Mammon: WHY IS THIS SO HARD? Talking about money and church fusses with our fiscal demons, challenges congregation norms, and heightens expectations. That’s why many people would rather endure an annual stewardship sermon, than make money and giving an integral part of their faith so talking about money is hard and also transforming.
Craig Alan Satterlee is the bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He served a six-year term and was re-elected in 2019 for another term. Bishop Satterlee received the B.A. (political science) from the University of Michigan, M.Div. and S.T.M. (pastoral care) from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and M.A. and Ph.D. (homiletics and liturgical history) from the University of Notre Dame. He holds the honorary title of adjunct professor at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. A person who is legally blind, Dr. Satterlee brings a unique perspective on the Christian faith, church and world. Ordained in 1987, Bishop Satterlee served congregations in Upstate New York and Michigan. He is also a liturgical scholar, homiletician, and teacher of worship and preaching. He served as professor of homiletics at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and Dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program and adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at The University of Notre Dame. Bishop Satterlee is the author of eight books and frequently contributes to both scholarly and ecclesiastical journals.

The Stewardship Symposium is an event offered by the Speakers and Events Committee, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Dr. James Thomas, Chair, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary/Region 9 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Council for Stewardship Education.

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