oneminuteCloughen, an Episcopal priest,  presents his book in three short sections.  Section I invites the reader to explore their own personal theology of stewardship including tithing, with an inclusive review of Holy Scripture. Section II, only two pages long, makes the case that if every pastor at every worship service gave a one minute stewardship sermon at the time of the offering then every Christian would have a better theology of stewardship and their would be more resources for ministry.  Section III offers for those too busy or too shy to write their own, a one minute stewardship sermon for each Sunday and special occasion in church’s liturgical year.

I am inclined to agree with Cloughen’s twice.  First, as preachers we should give careful consideration to our own theology and practice of stewardship. Second, that a very short teaching on stewardship every Sunday would be healthy for a congregation and gives stewardship the same level of attention in worship it as it receives in Holy Scripture.
Pastor Mark A. Anderson
Assistant to the Bishop

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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.