Visible stewardship is an integral part of the liturgy, which is why the offering is a function of the Divine Service. It’s a time for members of the church to respond to God’s grace with their First Article financial gifts.
One common short-term loss from the coronavirus pandemic is the practice of physically passing the offering plate during Worship from one person to another. The Rev. Nathan Meador, Assistant Coordinator for LCMS Stewardship Ministry, addresses the impact this has on the stewardship mindset of the congregation and ways to address it.