Stewardship is a spirituality for life that challenges the Christian disciple to foster a sense of gratitude, responsibility and generosity through the better use of time, talent and treasure. The practice of Stewardship is an intentional living of the biblical call to be stewards.
The Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them generously in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to God.
The origins of Stewardship
The origins of stewardship are deeply embedded in the Hebrew Scriptures and in a specific sense in the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel. It was the development of a US Bishop’s Pastoral Letter: Stewardship A Disciple’s Response in 1992 that has created the impetus for widespread adoption of stewardship principles in the pastoral life of many parishes in the USA, Canada.
Stewardship is a means of showing gratitude for all that we have in our lives. Each of us has something that we can be grateful for. As a way of life stewardship calls all of us to action.
To respond generously to others, our communities and the world, for the gifts that we receive from God, is not something that God demands or needs it is something that we need to do.
You may ask: How can I show enough gratitude for all that I have received? I have so much compared to others. Just start. Just do something and plan to build upon these first steps.
What are the Benefits of Stewardship?
It is an incredible challenge to be a disciple of Jesus in today’s world. We all face obstacles, opportunities and challenges in our fast-paced environment that promote selfishness and greed as the path to success and happiness.
Having a clear vision and sense of purpose informed by the Gospel, opens the way for us to actively commit to a life of gratitude, generosity and responsibility, to thank God for abundant gifts and play our part in creating a better world.
Being a Christian Steward will help us to:
- Nuture our talents for the benefit of others
- Let go of our worries about chasing after more and more of the world’s goods
- Experience the power of God’s presence in our lives
- Cultivate a generosity of spirit and an attentiveness to the needs of others
If the Stewardship spirituality is something you are interested in adopting in your parish, please contact us and we would be happy to provide you with all of the information about this practice.