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The Theology of Stewardship
In 1992, the USCCB published, Stewardship: A Disciple's Response. That document is now 24 years old and we wanted to take a closer look at applying the document's lessons to our Parish stewardship efforts today. This series of articles will look at the summary we provided with a fresh look and new applications toward Parish stewardship.
- Click here for the summary on The Theology of Stewardship
- Click here to read "Part I: Disciples as Stewards"
- Click here to read "Part II: Stewards of Creation"
- Click here to read "Part III: Stewards of Vocation"
Click here to read the original document from the United States’ Conference of Catholic Bishops, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, 1992.
About the Stewardship Program
Stewardship challenges us to live counter-culturally, anchored in the Gospel message and wholly cognizant that in only living as our model steward, Jesus, we will find hope, true freedom, and lasting joy and peace.
- Asks that we help each other recognize the gifts and talents with which God has blessed us and the ways in which we have been blessed through the gifts and talents of others;
- Invites us to help discern, call forth, and continually encourage one another to use the gifts and talents with which God has blessed us according to God’s will; and
- Challenges us to share our time, talent and treasure beyond what we believe we can do or give so we can grow, individually and collectively, as God desires.
The parish stewardship office of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Stewardship and Development Department exists to support and educate our priests and people to enable them to realize the joy that is theirs by:
boldly reclaiming their role as baptized disciples of Jesus Christ,
recognizing and embracing God as the Source of all, and
gratefully responding to God’s abundance by sharing our gifts.
Chicago Catholics will dare to live:
as if Jesus Christ were the center of their lives and the source of their livelihoods,
as if life in Christ were the one desire animating all others in their everyday actions,
as if sharing their lives and gifts with one another were the only viable option for being truly human,
as if they can no longer pretend that stewardship were simply a choice, rather than an ultimate concern of life itself.
A member of the Stewardship and Development Department, the Vicariate Stewardship Consultant serves as a consultant to parish stewardship professionals and parish leadership groups in their efforts to educate and inspire their community about stewardship. The consultant provides stewardship education presentations, stewardship committee formation training and assistance with time, talent and treasure annual renewals (Planned Offering Program).
Assistance provided by the Vicariate Stewardship Consultant is a service of the Department of Stewardship and Development and is complimentary.
Parish Stewardship Coordinator
WE ARE CALLED…
By virtue of our baptism, we are called to be God’s disciples and are invited to do Christ’s work on earth. As disciples, we are granted all of the tools necessary to bring the light, hope and love of God to others.
WE ARE DISCIPLES…
Our relationship with God is strengthened through prayer. In allowing ourselves to be transformed by this relationship, we have the ability to transform—to give flesh to God in this world and help God’s kingdom come “on earth as it is in heaven.” We are asked to share our gift of faith with others and to be missionaries in the ordinariness
of our everyday lives.
WE ARE GIFTED…
As God’s creation, we reflect God’s love and vision for humanity. We each are blessed with unique gifts and talents. In fact, all we have is a gift, all we are is a gift—our very life is a gift. We are asked to be responsible managers of our gifts, utilizing them in a faith-filled spirit of generosity to help fulfill God’s mission on earth.
WE ARE JUST…
We are asked to love…to be in right relationship with God, ourselves, our neighbors, and our world by giving practical expression to Gospel values and tangibly witnessing to God’s miraculous love.
We have been told what is good and what
God asks of us:
“To live justly, to love tenderly,
to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8