God Gives it All and then Calls Us to Share
Everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God. Stewardship is the ability to share our gifts of life, time, talent, and treasure with others – with no strings attached and no conditions. We share these gifts out of our love for God and gratitude to Him.
A Christian Steward . . .
Receives God's gifts gratefully
Cherishes and tends our gifts in a responsible, accountable manner
Shares them in justice and love with others
Returns them with increase to the Lord
Five Principles of Stewardship Giving
Planned ~ We spend time in thought and prayer when deciding what to give, rather than merely giving what we happen to have left at the end of the week.
Proportionate ~ Our giving is proportionate to what God has given us. We give in proportion to the gifts we have received.
Sacrificial ~ We give back to God from our substance, rather than our abundance.
Grateful ~ Our offering is a grateful response to the immense love God has for us.
A Gift ~ What we give is a gift, given without reservation or condition.
The 3 T’s of Stewardship
Time: Our gift of time is directed towards our God from whom all gifts flow. We are called to carve out time to deepen our relationship with God.
Talent: Our God-given talents are meant to be used in building God’s kingdom. We engage in ministry to meet the needs of our community and world.
Treasure: our money, too, is given to help carry on the mission of our Church.
Through planned giving, individuals make planned gifts to the Archdiocese, parishes, and agencies through wills, gifts annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and other appropriate instruments. More information on this at the Archdiocese web site.
Stewardship in the Bible
"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Mat 6:23
"Make it your practice instead to store up heavenly treasure, which neither moths nor rust corrode nor thieves break in and steal. Remember, where your treasure is, there your heart is also." Mat 6: 20, 21
"Let me say this much: He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. Everyone must give according to what he has decided; not sadly, not grudgingly, for God loves a cheerful giver. God can multiply His favors among you so that you may always have enough of everything and even a surplus for good works." II Cor 9: 6-8
"Therefore, through Jesus, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips which acknowledge His name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Heb 13:15, 16
"Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name!" 1 Chro 29:13