A steward is a person employed to manage an estate on behalf of the owner. He is given the authority over possessions to control , increase and return them to the rightful owner.Everything we have comes from God: our talents, our family, every spiritual and material blessing -- our very life itself. Stewardship is the premise that we approach these “belongings,” as true gifts from God, with a sense of thankfulness and responsibility to use them not according to our selfish wants, but according to God’s will.Christ Himself is the absolute model of Stewardship: He sacrificed His entire life for our salvation, even unto death. We are called to give our “whole life to Christ, our God.” Our answer to God’s sacrificial love is to faithfully offer our TIME, TALENTS AND TREASURES for the glory of the Church, the very Body of Christ.
2012 annuciation stewardship presentation
The Basics of Stewardship • What is Stewardship? Principles of Stewardship • Why is Stewardship Important? Orthodox Perspective on Stewardship • What is Sacrificial Giving? Stewardship at the Annunciation • What is our Vision?“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required.” Luke 12:48
Matthew 20:1–16What is a Steward? What is a Steward inthe Christian context?So what is God’s will regarding His stewards?
• Being good stewards of our time is the gratitude that God has given us yet one more day to work towards our salvation; to recognize each hour as another opportunity to serve Him.• Being good stewards of our talents is the sense of responsibility to nurture and advance our God-given skills and talents for the benefit of the Body of Christ.• Being good stewards of our treasures is maintaining a spiritual perspective on the material world, avoiding the sense of entitlement, while nurturing the feeling of thankfulness, humility and trust in God.
The practice of Christian stewardship predates the establishment of the Church through the teachings of the greatest steward of all time…
Christ not only taught us about stewardship in His parables but more importantly, He demonstrated the practice of stewardship. He fed thecrowds with two Washed the feet Cured the infirm fish and five of His disciples loaves Practiced stewardship as He continuously served the people around Him.
promotes our spiritual growth as Stewards, bystrengthening our faith and commitment toChrist.strengthens our relationship with God, byrecognizing His presence in our lives through allHis blessings, which are so richly bestowed uponus.offers our children a mature, Christ-centeredlifestyle.Provides a “a good defense before the awesomeJudgment seat of Christ.”
On a Parish level, Stewardship enables and funds the ministries of the Church. develops a culture of joyful giving, making the community a dynamic Body of Christ. enables a Parish to fulfill its vision. enables a Parish to go beyond “survival mode” and initiate “apostolic mode.” (The Great Commission)
RELUCTANT GIVING We tend to our material well- being, comfort , wants and desires. If anything is left over, we give to the Church.The amount of giving is perceived as a financial loss and is minimized.Stewardship is not in the family budget and is inconsistent according to many variables.
PROPORTIONAL GIVING In the Old Testament, 10% was a meaningful demonstration of one’s commitment to God. When practiced today, it sets a point of reference for the financial expectation of a religious institution. It was a non-negotiable in a culture where God comes first, before anything else.
SACRIFICIAL GIVING The proportion of our giving declares the type of relationship we have with GOD and our belongings. We do not give to the Church, because the Church needs our money, or has asked for it; we give because WE NEED TO GIVE. When we give, we experience a sense of joy and humility as we approach in thanksgiving the Giver of all blessings.
RELUCTANT PROPORTIONAL SACRIFICIAL GIVING GIVING GIVINGFear of doing Trust in God Joyful giving without
It takes $1,173 per day to operate our beloved Church. Nat’l CommKeeping in Touch with You $27,000 15% 6% MaintMaintaining Buildings $101,000 Worship Educ 24%Those Who Serve US $202,000Worship & Education $35,000 8%National Ministries* $63,000TOTAL $428,000*Includes Archdiocese Fair Share contributionof $52,000 Personnel 47% To learn more about our Church’s annual budget and finances, please attend the General Assembly on December 4!
Archdiocese and Metropolis ministriesUtilities, maintenance, repair and housekeeping of facilitiesPersonnelChurch CommunicationsLiturgical Services and SacramentsYouth Ministry (GOYA, JOY & HOPE)Sunday SchoolMusic Ministry (choir, chanters, etc.)Hospital and Shut-in MinistryOutreach and Stewardship MinistriesAdult Ministry and Bible StudyLiability InsuranceFellowship DinnersOrthodox Missions
My Orthodox Family BudgetBills Entertainment Personal Church• Food • Cable TV Comfort Stewardship• Clothing • Music • Memberships• Electric • Movies • Hobbies• School expenses • Dining out • Razorbacks• Mortgage • New electronics • Luxury goods• Car payments • Vacation fund • Alcohol • Tobacco Does this reflect what is important to me?
Now I understand the message of Stewardship. Stewardship is an Has an impact on my It affects my family, myexpression of my faith. salvation. Church and the world. I will commit my Time Talents Treasure“I can do everything through Him, Who gives me strength.” I will advance the I will forever give I will teach others. Annunciation. thanks to the Lord.
“… let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ, our God” From the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom