What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is the meaningful use of our God-given time, talent and treasure.
- Christian stewards serve God with love and gratitude, acknowledging that He provides us with everything we have. With nothing we come into this world, and with nothing we leave. God bestows us with material wealth, time and talent to use responsibly during our lives, always remembering the words we hear during the Divine Liturgy:
'Let us commit our whole life to Christ Our God.'
God does not ask for ten percent, but for our whole life.
- He asks us to commit ourselves, not simply make financial commitments.
'Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.' Deuteronomy 16:17
- Every believer returns to God in faith a portion of what the Lord has bestowed. Only you can determine how best to serve God and your brothers and sisters in Christ. We return to God our first fruits, not simply the leftovers. This entails personal sacrifice. Stewardship is a privilege, not an obligation to be fulfilled grudgingly.
'He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you in abundance for every good work.' 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
- Each family and single adults are asked to prayerfully reflect on how best to use their financial resources towards God. Please submit your completed stewardship commitment form indicating your intended giving for the year to the church office.
- New stewards may submit your commitment form when you become part of the family of St. George.
- Payments may be made weekly, monthly, quarterly or semi-annually. Stewards in good standing participate in the governance of the parish by voting at Parish Assemblies and in Parish elections and by serving on the Parish Council.
Give of your time and talent; participate in parish ministries and activities.
- As Orthodox Christians, we are called by God to share in the ministry of the Church. Conscientious giving of our time, talent and treasure through faithful stewardship is how we follow the teaching of Christ to love one another and to support our parish, metropolis and archdiocesan ministries, and international missionary and charitable activities.
- As Christians we support the work of the Body of Christ. In our St. George parish, our expectation is to exceed the Old Testament requirement − that is to tithe, + 1.
The Spirit of Stewardship
“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.” (I Corinthians 12:4-6)
The Stewardship Committee and the Parish Council of St. George thank all who submitted Stewardship Commitment and Time & Talent forms, offering the gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure to Christ’s Church of St. George, on our annual November Stewardship Commitment Sunday, November 22, 2015. We encourage those who were unable to participate that day to join us as Stewards in Good Standing by completing and submitting Commitment and Time & Talents forms. Our parish needs you! Become a committed steward for 2016!
Reminder: If you committed to pay your 2015 Stewardship pledge quarterly, your 4th quarter payment is now due.
Thank you to all our faithful stewards of St. George for your support of the St. George Stewardship Program!
If not you – who? If not now – when?
Time + Talent + Treasure = Stewardship / Be a Good Steward