What is Christian Stewardship?
Christian Stewardship is:
- learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church; it is learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work., for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God.
- our active commitment to use all our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.
- caring for the needs of others.
- offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.
- what a person does after saying “I believe…”, as proof of that belief.
- devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as diocese/metropolis, as national Church and as Church universal.
"It is by offering our blessings back to God that He will be able to continue His forgiving, healing, liberating, empowering, transfiguring, loving ministry through the Church. For God, Infinite though He be, has chosen to work thorugh us, through our gifts, to continue His saving work in the world today." - Fr. Anthony Coniaris
We are called to participate in the work of salvation, through Baptism, through the Eucharist, and through all of the Holy Mysteries. That in which Christ participates is sanctified and saved, but we also need to participate wholly in Christ with our whole selves...not only on Sunday, but every day; and not only with words, but with our whole selves.
Stewardship is not a fundraiser or a membership fee. There is no fee for joining the Church, no minimum donation required for membership in the Body of Christ. Stewardship is not merely financial, but is our participation in the Life of the Church, the Life of Christ. When we attend the divine services, praying as a community and receiving the Holy Mysteries, we are faithful stewards. When we participate in the Life of the Church (feasting and fasting, prayer, outreach, hospitality, etc...) we are faithful stewards. When we pray at home, at work, and in school; when we study the Faith; when we acknowledge the image of God in the other, we are faithful stewards. When we offer the blessings which God has bestowed on us back to God and to our fellow man in our time, our material blessings, and our financial blessings, we are faithful stewards. To be a faithful steward is what it means to be a Christian, indeed, what it means to be human: to offer back to God in loving communion that with which He has blessed us.