We are called to be Christian stewards
What does stewardship
It is an incredible challenge to live in imitation of the life of Christ. Living in a fast-paced environment with many responsibilities, our spiritual hunger does not always get a chance to be nourished through prayer and action. However, a clear sense of purpose—nourished by the Eucharist and our rich Catholic tradition—opens the door for us to actively commit to a life of gratitude and responsibility; to thank God for his endless gifts, and then to decide what we can do to help the world.
The rewards include:
• Making a difference in people's lives
• Becoming an active member of a fulfilling Catholic community
• Discovering talents inside you, waiting to be used
• Letting go of your worries and setting realistic goals in both your spiritual and secular life
• Experiencing the amazing increase in God's presence that comes with a partnership with the Lord
Stewardship resources for parishes
The Diocese of Grand Rapids provides a variety of resources to assist parishes in the development and implementation of stewardship programs including:
• Public speaking on the topic of stewardship
• Assistance forming a Stewardship Committee at your parish
• Stewardship education and training
• Articles and communications tools to educate parishioners about stewardship and engage them in practicing stewardship as a lifestyle
• “How To” Manual —This manual provides a timeline for planning and implementation, describes roles and responsibilities for the pastor and volunteer committee, includes sample stewardship brochures and commitment forms, communications tools and more.
• National Stewardship Conference— The annual conference features national stewardship experts to build awareness of stewardship and inspire staff and volunteers to continue their parish stewardship work, as well as breakout sessions that will help staff and volunteers enhance their parish programs.