Christian Stewardship is …
grateful and responsible use of God’s gifts in the light of God’s purpose as revealed in Jesus Christ. Christian stewards, empowered by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves to conscious, purposeful decisions.
Stewardship is lived out in:
- living and telling the Good News;
- sharing with God in seeking justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in an interdependent universe;
- wisely employing God-given human resources, abilities, and relationships;
- sharing the material resources we hold and giving them in service, justice, and compassion;
- providing for future generations;
- sharing in the life, worship, and responsible stewardship of the Church and of its mission.
Both for the individual and for the community, stewardship is a joyful act for the sake of God’s world.
Our parish is totally dependent on the good will offerings of the community to sustain the worship and ministry in Jesus’ name.
Christian Stewardship – Why is it Important?
Christian stewardship and Christian giving work hand in hand. Generosity is one of the primary ways in which Christians evidence the fruit of the Spirit at work in their lives.
Stewardship teaches that Christians view money differently from the way the secular world views it. The secular world equates affluence with success and happiness. Therefore, society constantly struggles to acquire as much wealth as possible. Jesus’ parables tell us that no matter how much one struggles for wealth, death still awaits because money cannot add anything to one’s life.
The struggle for wealth brings with it dissatisfaction, not a better life. What brings life is knowing and worshipping God and sharing loving relationships, and the giving and receiving hospitality especially with those who have little.
Good stewardship encourages a Christian to find true value in life, through participation and sharing of who and what we are and the resources with which we have been blessed. In the Bible stewardship encourages God’s people to give to God through tithing. The word “tithe” merely means “a tenth.” A standard then for giving ought that one sets aside a tenth of his or her income for God.
For God, tithing is not only about a percentage. Tithing has more to do with one’s heart during the act of giving then the actual amount given to God. A Commitment to Stewardship then is a giving out of devotion rather than duty. It’s about the heart of the giver being willing to give out of poverty, not wealth.
Commitment to Stewardship also includes taking responsibility for acting to preserve and sustain the world in which we live, caring for the environment, maintaining and ensuring the gifts of the past are kept in good order for the benefit of the next generation.