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What is Orthodox Christian Stewardship

“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 through us, through our gifts, to continue His saving work in the world today.” – Fr. Anthony Coniaris

Stewardship reminds us that everything we have has been given to us by God – not for us to have, but for us to care for as stewards, or caretakers. This is why we call those who are actively living the Orthodox Christian life “stewards,” because to live the Orthodox Christian life fully means to recognize that we have received everything from God, and therefore we offer some of what we have received back in thanksgiving.

Financial stewardship is an offering, and it is part of how we participate in the saving work of Christ and His Church. By offering back some of what has been given to us, we allow God to work through that offering “for the life of the world.” Just as we offer bread and wine for the Liturgy which God transforms into the Body and Blood of Christ to transform us into the living Body of Christ, so do we offer our time, treasure, and talents to Christ and His Church so that God might receive them and transform them into the means not only of our salvation, but for all Creation.

A Note on Christian Stewardship …….. 

Life is given to us through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Our commitment to expressing gratitude for this great blessing is seen through our participation in Christian Stewardship by being faithful stewards of The Gospel. Our commitment reveals how we live our faith in the Resurrected Lord. It is in The Resurrection of Our Lord that we receive eternal life and we express our hope in the life to come by our response as Orthodox Christian stewards. 

Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

We as  Christians realize everything we have is given to us by God. We serve God to show love and gratitude for the gifts He has given us.

Life is the first and greatest gift of all and carries with it great responsibilities for using our time, talent and treasures as expressions of our love, commitment and thankfulness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let us offer to God the very best of our lives that we may continue to grow in Christ and support the ministries of His holy Church.

  • God has blessed us with individual gifts and talents that He wishes us to use to glorify Him.
  • We enhance our own lives by exercising the privilege to offer our gifts and talents to Christ’s vineyard.
  • As faithful  Christians, we are called by God to share in the ministries of the Church.
  • The Holy Spirit has brought us together in unity as members of the body of Christ. Personally and collectively we must offer God our full cooperation and hard work to nurture our talents as faithful stewards to His glory.

 

Orthodox Spirituality is taught and exemplified through the lives of the Fathers, Mothers

and Saints of all ages. There we find the living and concrete examples of what Spirituality is. Orthodox Spirituality suggests that we...

  • Seek the honor of God
  • Take up our cross and follow Jesus
  • Look at everything from God’s point of view and not public opinion
  • Make decisions based on the Heavenly and not the earthly
  • Practice living, praying and worshipping as a member of  the Body of Christ

God’s desire is that we live our lives with a focus on Christ, the Saints, our Orthodox

faith and use our daily earthly existence to grow and strengthen our spirituality.

 

Come and See how we are all called to be Stewards of The Church!

Please take a moment to reflect upon what God has given us, and to discern how we might be able to return to God a portion of the blessings we have received.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity. 

May God continue to bless and guide you and keep you always in His Loving Care!

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