What is stewardship & development?

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Stewardship is…

  • saying YES to God and to a way of life He has spelled out for us in the Bible. In doing this, we are asked to say NO to the influences in our society that emphasize values and aims that are selfish, thoughtless and opposed to stewardship as a way of life.
  • a true step in faith – RECEIVING God’s gifts gratefully, CULTIVATING them responsibly, SHARING them lovingly, and RETURNING them with increase to the Lord.
  • TAKING ACTION and returning a portion of what has been shared with us
  • an important part of LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE.
  • serious CHALLENGE with the current emphasis on materialism, the “me” generation, taking care of ourselves before others, and general acceptance of our focus on our wants
  • a gradual CONVERSION which involves the heart, mind, spirit, values, spending habits and time commitments

 

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Development is…

  • acknowledging our RELATIONSHIP as brothers and sisters in Christ – we are a faith family
  • aimed at building SOLID CONNECTIONS and relationships, leading to strengthening our parish, school and diocesan ministries, services, programs and outreach
  • based on a solid PLAN with specific goals, objectives and priorities of focus
  • founded in STRONG COMMUNICATION about how our diocese, parishes and schools live out our mission, as well as our goals and funding needs to carry out our mission
  • how we work to build TRUST through accountability
  • an ESSENTIAL STEP in fostering stewardship as a way of life. By enhancing our relationship with God and one another, we open the door to renew Christ’s Church and build happy, healthy families.

Please click here to contact the Office of Stewardship & Development for more information on making stewardship a way of life at your parish.