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Stewardship Makes a Difference!


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Keynote at Regional Stewardship Conference in Metuchen, NJ, March 29, 2014

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Stewardship Makes a Difference!

  1. 1. Stewardship Makes a Difference Welcoming. Friendship. Sharing.
  2. 2. What are your hopes, dreams and prayers? How is stewardship a part of this?
  3. 3. “Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” (Mark 4: 8-9)
  4. 4. Created in God's Image, Called to Holiness
  5. 5. All is gift! We must be grateful for the gift Gratitude leads to generosity
  6. 6. THE STEWARD • “An oikonomos or steward is one to whom the owner of a household turns over the responsibility for caring for the property, managing affairs, making resources yield as much as possible and sharing resources with others. The position involves trust and
  7. 7. Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: “Catholicism has experienced the greatest net losses. While 1 in 3 Americans were raised in the Catholic faith, today fewer than 1 in 4 describe themselves as Catholic.” Roughly 10% of all Americans are former Catholics 2.6 % of American population has become Catholic Note and be attentive to the influence of immigration The current generation of young adults are less likely to affiliate with any denomination, even when compared to other generations when they were young adults.
  8. 8. Let’s Get Acquainted! The SBNR: More women than men More common among younger adults Majority are religiously affiliated
  9. 9. Let’s Get Acquainted! The "Nones" •30% of Americans under age 30 are unaffiliated
  10. 10. The view is not quite clear
  11. 11. Surveying the Landscape Of those who were baptized within the Catholic faith: 68% are still Catholic 10% of Americans identify themselves as former Catholics "Most who decided to leave their childhood faith say they did so before reaching age 24”Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: Faith in Flux
  12. 12. Surveying the Landscape The Unaffiliated: Have the lowest retention rates of any major religious groups •Most who were raised unaffiliated now belong to some religion. They are: •Attracted by religious services/styles of worship •Have been spiritually unfulfilled •Feel called by God
  13. 13. What Do They Seek? Spiritual dimension Personal connection Mission/Meaning CatholicLifeandF
  14. 14. What Do They Seek? • Spiritual dimension “They see spirituality as connected to all of their life, not a compartment within their life. We need bridges between Monday- to-Friday and Sunday.” David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group September, 2010 USA Today
  15. 15. What Do They Seek? • Personal connection “What helps you grow spiritually?” 1. Participation in Mass 2. Good friends who share faith with me 3. Daily prayer 4. Belonging to my parish Spiritual Needs Survey (Focus Group)
  16. 16. What Do They Seek? • Mission/Meaning • 85% of Millennials said they are motivated to give by a compelling mission or cause, • 56% by a personal connection or trust in the leadership of the organization. • 79% of respondents volunteered for organizations in 2010, • "Micro-Volunteering" Millennial Impact Report
  17. 17. Build Bridges!
  18. 18. Build Bridges! "The Lord made bridges...Christians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith, not sure of Jesus Christ...Build bridges and move forward." Pope Francis, May 8, 2013
  19. 19. Bridges Are Built Person-to-Person
  20. 20. Engaged 16% Not Engaged 49% Actively Disengaged 35%
  21. 21. First step: Meeting Needs Second step: Making a Contributio n Third step: Being part of the Community Fourth step: Mission! How? Key Questions we ask…
  22. 22. Bridges: Conversations and Connections for Life, Faith, and All That Matters W elcome Friendship Sharing
  23. 23. Welcome
  24. 24. "Any guest who happens to arrive at the monastery should be received just as we would receive Christ himself, because he promised that on the last day he will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Rule of St. Benedict Chapter 53
  25. 25. "Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent. The ones who quit sometimes do it for reasons that, if properly understood and assessed, can lead to a return. But that takes audacity and courage." Pope Francis, in interview published September 19, 2013
  26. 26. • Audacious and Courageous Hospitality! • Who we are, and what we do • Invite into the family • 4:1: Build on the already-engaged • Work with leaders • Formation for community • Communion Hospitality
  27. 27. Friendship
  28. 28. “To make the Church the home and school of communion: that is the great challenge facing us in the millennium which is now beginning, if we wish to be faithful to God’s plan and respond to the world’s deepest yearnings. … A spirituality of communion also means an ability to think of our brothers and sisters in faith within the profound unity of the Mystical Body, and therefore as “those who are a part of me.” This makes us able to share their joys and sufferings, to sense their desires and attend to their needs, to offer them deep and genuine friendship.” Blessed Pope John Paul II Novo Millennio Ineunte, #43
  29. 29. • Relationship within Community • Person-to-Person • Life circumstances • Learning • Prayer • Small groups Relationship
  30. 30. Sharing
  31. 31. • Form a community of disciples who live as stewards • Expectation: Discipleship • Spirituality: Stewardship • Grow gratitude, Live generosity Sharing
  32. 32. • Form a community of disciples who live as stewards • Enhance opportunities to give with meaning • Witness to impact on giver and receiver • “Micro-Volunteering” Sharing
  33. 33. Special Attention Needed!
  34. 34. • Children • Parents • Youth • Young adults Special Attention Needed!
  35. 35. WAIT! Be intentional Prayerfully discern action
  36. 36. What Comes to Mind? What Can You Build Upon? What Ideas or Learning Will You Take With You? W elcome Friendship Sharing
  37. 37. Let's Focus! THE STEWARD "In this period of crisis today, it is important not to turn in on ourselves, burying our own talent, our spiritual, intellectual, and material riches, everything that the Lord has given us; but rather to open ourselves, to be supportive, to be attentive to others. Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn." Pope Francis, April 24, 2013
  38. 38. Resources, Articles Articles: • Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life • “Nones” on the Rise • Growth of the Nonreligious • Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S. • Millennial Donors • CARA • The Impact of Religious Switching and Secularization on the Estimated Size of the U.S. Adult Catholic Population • American Statesman • ‘Spiritual but not religious’ becoming more common self-identification • CNN Belief Blog • Why millennials need the church • Insights into Religion • Reversing the Exodus: 7 characteristics of congregations that successfully attract young adults Books: • Smith, Christian, with Patricia Snell, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults • Winseman, Albert L., Growing an Engaged Church • Anslinger, Leisa, Turning Hearts to Christ; Forming Generous Hearts
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