Heath Curtis
Heath Curtis
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As coordinator for LCMS Stewardship Ministry, the Rev. Heath Curtis produces and edits stewardship resources, plans and conducts national stewardship conferences, and helps coordinate stewardship efforts among LCMS entities.

Where have all the Christians gone?

The data are clear: American Christianity is in decline, and every major church body — including the LCMS — is feeling the pinch.

Synod demographic studies offer insight despite critiques

In this blog post, I hope to offer some clarifications that will further the efforts of interested readers, as they make plans for the future of their ministries in the challenging cultural landscape of 21st-century America.

On The Sign Of The Cross In Baptism

On The Sign Of The Cross In Baptism – A Poem by Henry Alford In token that thou shalt not fear Christ crucified to own, We print the Cross upon thee here, And stamp thee his alone. In token that…

Of Treasures and Hearts

Lent is approaching – a time for reflection, repentance, and faith. The following is the Stewardship Thought for Ash Wednesday – you can download Stewardship Thoughts for every week of the church year, and many other resources, at www.lcms.org/stewardship/ Matthew…

Stewardship Thought for the Baptism of Our Lord

January 13th, one week after Epiphany, is the date the Church celebrates the Baptism of Our Lord. The following is the Stewardship Thought for this celebration – you can download Stewardship Thoughts for every week of the church year at…

The faithfulness of God

1 Corinthians 1:9 — “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

First things first

Deuteronomy 8:3 — “…that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”

Sheep do sheep works

Matthew 25:44 — “Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ ”

Partners with God

Philippians 1:5 — “I always thank God … because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.”

Faith leads to action

Matthew 25:4 — “….but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”

Imitating God’s Generosity

Each month Stewardship Ministry produces a newsletter article suitable for congregational use. Here is an excerpt from this month’s article on imitating the generosity of our Heavenly Father.

Reaping what you sow

Matthew 5:7 — “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”

Stewardship: Bible Basics

This month we focus on stewardship — using the gifts that God has given us for His purposes according to the various vocations He has assigned us in Home, Church, and Society.

Devotional Thought for St. Matthew’s Day

Each of these gifts – whether in material wealth, or intelligence, or beauty, or family, etc. – is not only a gift but a duty.