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Craig A. Satterlee publishes new book, Preaching and Stewardship

Posted Jul 19, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Craig A. Satterlee, Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Professor of Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has published Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow (Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2011. ISBN 978-1-56699-417-0, $17.00). Alban Institute has published four of Satterlee’s books.  Learn more or order at

Inspired by his late colleague, the Rev. Dr. Connie Kleingartner, to provide a long overdue resource on preaching and stewardship, Satterlee shares what he learned to help preachers both proclaim the gospel and ask people to give to the church in response to the good news.

Each chapter  of Preaching and Stewardship focuses on questions preachers ought to ask themselves as they prepare the stewardship sermon, such as “What do you mean by stewardship?” and “Why should we give to the church?”

Satterlee also explores what the Bible says about stewardship and names some of the assumptions both preachers and worshipers bring to the stewardship sermon. He uses anecdotes from congregational life and several stewardship sermons to illustrate his points.

About Craig A. Satterlee

Dr. Satterlee is said to belong “to the relatively small group of working homileticians whose work can justifiably be said to have changed the agenda of the discipline.”  He is the author of five previous books and the co-author of two books, including Ambrose of Milan’s Method of Mystagogical Preaching, When God Speaks through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition,   and The Christian Life: Holy Baptism and Life Passages (with Dennis L. Bushkofsky). Satterlee is the dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program. He serves as editor of “Preaching Helps” for Currents in Theology and Mission and frequently contributes to both scholarly and ecclesiastical journals. His scholarly interests include the relationship of preaching and areas of congregational life and mission, patristic preaching, and the worship of the early church.

Satterlee served congregations in Upstate New York and Michigan before being called to LSTC. He regularly leads continuing education events throughout the church. Firmly grounded in parish ministry, he spends most Sundays preaching and presiding in congregations of the ELCA. As a person who is legally blind, Satterlee has a passion for ministry with persons with disabilities and a unique perspective on the Christian faith, church, and world.


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