Growing Stewardship Ministry at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is the call of the faithful to share willingly the gifts that God has bestowed on them, including sharing these gifts for God’s work. Stewardship is devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as a
Parish, and as the Church Universal. Stewardship is our active commitment to use ALL our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.
Stewardship is caring for the needs of others.
Stewardship is offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.
Stewardship is what a person does after saying “I believe…” as proof of that belief.
Williams and McKibben in Oriented Leadership
Prayer is important part of stewardship.
When approached with a sincere prayer stewardship can be a joy-filled, exciting, faith-filled journey of a lifetime.
Giving our Gifts with Faith in Christ
The 2011 Stewardship Ministry theme is “Giving our Gifts with Faith in Christ.” It takes faith to trust that God will continue to provide for our needs.
– The disciples feared the thought of feeding the crowd; they had nowhere near enough food, they said.
– But what is offered to Christ is multiplied and becomes an overabundance.
Scriptures on Stewardship Return to God His Own Gifts
“No one shall appear before the Lord empty-handed, but each of you with as much as he can give, in proportion to the blessings which the Lord, God has bestowed on you.” (Deut. 16:10, 16-17)
The Old Testament laid down
the standard of giving a tithe (more than 10% of one’s income) back to God. This provides us with the example: giving should be in proportion to our income. Stewardship is returning to God a fair proportion of the resources He has given to us. The more we are given, the more is expected of us. “Everyone to whom much is given, from him much will
be required.” (Lk. 12:48)
St. Paul tells us: “On the first day of every week, each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” (1 Cor. 16:2) Each Sunday, we should prepare to make our Stewardship contribution to the Church in accordance with the Lord’s generosity to us personally. Supporting the Church should be a priority for every Orthodox Christian and performed on a regular and consistent basis.
Weekly Stewardship Giving
You may fulfill your commitment in the manner that suits you best. Since small, regular contributions are easier to manage, it is suggested that your contribution be calculated on a weekly basis.
Stewards are Parishioners in Good Standing
A Stewardship Commitment or pledge qualifies husband and wife for married couples and single adults as stewards. Family members over 18 years of age, who are employed, should make their own Stewardship Commitment.
Stewards are considered parishioners in good standing with the Parish and may vote and seek elective office in the parish.
A Stewardship Pledge Card is enclosed with this mailing and they are also available in our church office.
Orthodox Christians, who wish to become parishioners in good standing in our Parish, may become Stewards of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church by calling the Church Office for information and making a Stewardship Commitment of time, talent, and treasure for the current year.
2011 Stewardship Card [Word Doc] 2011 Stewardship Card [PDF]