What is Stewardship?

Core Values

Most people think of stewardship as time, talent, and treasure. Yet there’s more to stewardship than the commonly known “three T’s.” Underneath the time, talent, and treasure are four underlying core values:

  1. Identity
  2. Trust
  3. Gratitude
  4. Love

These are fundamental in developing the importance of time, talent and treasure. Once you understand the four values, the three T's take on an even greater importance. Stewardship is a way of Life.

Ref: Making Stewardship: A Way of Life

 

Stewardship - Three Convictions of the USCCB
 

First Conviction

Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.

Second Conviction

Beginning in conversion,change of mind and heart,this commitmentis expressed not in a single action,nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life. It means committing one’s very self to the Lord.

Third Conviction

Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives. Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be. They are deeply aware of the truth that “The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it” (Ps 24:1). They know themselves to be recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. They are grateful for what they have received and eager to cultivate their gifts out of love for God and one another.

 

Our Parish Stewardship Prayer

Lord,
I pray you give me the wisdom
to guide me on this faith journey of stewardship.
Help me to understand
that everything I have is a gift from You.
Open up my heart and mind
so that I may use these gifts
to give back to You here on earth.
I pray Lord that You welcome me
into Your kingdom at the end of my life,
and that You are pleased with what I have done
with all Your gifts.
Amen

 

 
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