Stewardship: Our Way of Life
What is Stewardship?
It is a lifestyle acknowledging God as the Creator and Provider of all. It is the grateful receiving and responsible management of God's gifts, and the eager sharing of them as expressed in prayer, worship, offering and action.
Who is a Christian Steward?
One who receives God's gifts gratefully, manages them responsibly, and shares them joyfully, giving back to the Lord generously of one's time, talent and treasure.
How do I get started with Stewardship?
Stewardship is a journey of faith; it is more a process than a program. The key steps in the process can be summarized as:
- Discern: Reflect on all that the Lord has provided to you; make a list.
- Develop: Plan to build on and leverage your gifts and talents.
- Disburse: Begin an enhanced sharing of your time, talent and treasure.
How does the Parish Community get started with Stewardship?
Each parish is unique and must find the level of stewardship that is acceptable and comfortable for its parishioners. Most important you need to secure the personal involvement of your key leaders (pastor, staff, & lay volunteers). A commitment of time, effort, financial resources, and prayer for the long range is vital. A parish education program must be developed to communicate a clear and concise message, one that is repeated and included some way in all other parish programs and communications. Finally, a willingness to trust that is stewardship is taught and accepted as a faith response, urgently needed human, physical, and financial resources will follow.