Stewardship Sermon Award winners announced
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Global Ministry Center
The office of Stewardship Ministries has announced this year’s winners of the Stewardship Sermon Award. The award is given to those students whose sermons are judged most effective in exploring biblical stewardship in the contemporary context of the local Nazarene church.

Three students were chosen: Chad Laughrey, Kathy Matney, and Rob Wilms. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their continued pastoral development.

The award, sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene's Stewardship Ministries department, was established in 2008 from a charitable gift annuity distribution. It is given annually to up to five pastoral ministry students enrolled in either a religion or Christian education program at a USA/Canada Nazarene institution of higher education.

Each sermon was to explore holiness as it relates to tithing and living generously, and address money as it relates to funding the mission of the Church of the Nazarene, “To make Christlike disciples in the nations.”

This year’s scripture assignment focused on tithe as a matter of obedience: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3:10).

Nazarene Theological Seminary student Chad Laughrey submitted a sermon entitled “Giving Matters to God.” Kathy Matney, a student at MidAmerica Nazarene University, submitted a sermon entitled “An Action of Trust,” and Ambrose University College and Seminary student Rob Wilms’ winning submission was entitled “Stewardship: A Movement of Grace.”

For information about the upcoming 2012-2013 Stewardship Sermon Scholarship, contact Stewardship Ministries at stewardship@nazarene.org.
--Stewardship Ministries
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