Stewardship Resources

Here are a few articles and supports to help us understand Stewardship.

Theology of Stewardship  
by Bishop Robert Morneau,
 
Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay, WI   

Overview of Stewardship  

Stewardship is a way of life.  For  Christians who follow in the way of the  Lord Jesus, stewardship is an expression  of discipleship. When we recognize that  God is the origin of all life, the giver of  everything that we have and are, the  source of our freedom and giftedness, the healthy person responds by thanking  God through prayer, by serving God and  God's people through ministry, by  sharing our financial resources with  those in need. Stewardship is a way of  life based upon conversion of heart.    

Why conversion? Because too often our hearts lack the vision and compassion  that makes us true followers of Jesus  Christ.  In the Old Testament the  prophet Ezekiel, speaking for God,  makes this statement: "A new heart I  will give you, and a new spirit I will put  within you; and I will remove from your  body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).  Our God  is a promise-maker; our God is a  promise-keeper.  When the Holy Spirit  breaks into our lives, our hearts become  prayerful, our ministry joyful, and our  generosity extravagant.    

Stewards, according to the pastoral letter Stewardship: A Disciple's Response,
do  four things:   

  receive God's gifts gratefully   
  nurture God's gifts responsibly   
  share God's gifts justly and charitably 
  return those gifts to God abundantly    

Gratitude is the cornerstone of stewardship.



A pdf version of the 10th anniversary edition of the orginal Bishops Pastoral letter -
"Stewardship a Disciples Response"

Pastoral Letter Summary:
 
Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace    (1 Pt 4:10).

Introduction
Three convictions in particular underlie what we say in this pastoral letter.

1. Mature disciples make a conscious, firm decision, carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves.

2. Beginning in conversion, change of mind and heart, this commitment is expressed not in a single action, nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life. It means committing one’s very self to the Lord.

3. Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live our lives. Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be. They are deeply aware of the truth that "The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it" (Ps 24:1). They know themselves to be recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. They are grateful for what they have received and eager to cultivate their gifts out of love for God and one another.

The Challenge.....  The Choice ......The Vision

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Sites that might be helpful:

* The Australian National Stewardship site

2011 Stewardship Icon

*  USA bishops site about stewardship

* What is Catholic Stewardship? (US bishops)

* Document from a Diocese in the USA on Stewardship (68 pages)


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