1. What is stewardship?
- an opportunity to give back
- a transformation of the heart
- is a part of our vocation
- a covenant between God and us.
- giving lovingly to others what God has given us, through time, talent and treasure.
"We receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others and return them with increase to the Lord."
-from "Stewardship: A Disciple's Response" U.S. Bishop's 1992 Pastoral Letter
Finding ways we can offer our time, talent, and our treasure for building up the kingdom of God are sources of grace for ourself and for others!
As each one has received a gift... use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10
…is a complete lifestyle, a life of total accountability and
responsibility acknowledging God as Creator of all.
…is responsible management of our God-given resources
of time, talent and treasure.
…enhances our relationships with God and one another.
…is living out a commitment to be Christ-centred, rather
…is a lifelong journey with each person at a different place
on the path.
2. If Stewardship is about sharing our God given time and talent ..... what portion of my time and talent should I give?
Giving of our time, talent and treasure mainly involves a change of attitude about giving. It's important to think in terms of giving in gratitude to God, of considering how blessed you are, of using your gifts and talents for the good of others. Once you have this change of attitude, you will be able to more readily determine, through prayer and thought the portion of your time and talent and treasure that you will give. [#8Sustaining & Strengthening Stewardship, James Kelley]