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Orthodox Stewardship A Presentation Based on “Stewardship: a Way of Life” Resource One articles by, Father Frederick Watson and Father Basil Aden. Stewardship is a biblical word. The Church Fathers, especially St. John Chrysostom, used it to mean “almsgiving.”.

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OrthodoxStewardship A Presentation Based on“Stewardship: a Way of Life”Resource One articles by, Father Frederick Watson and Father Basil Aden


Stewardship is a biblical word.

The Church Fathers, especially St. John Chrysostom, used it to mean “almsgiving.”

It is a word that has been misunderstood in our modern era.


We Orthodox Christians usually hear about stewardship when it is related to money:

*Dues

*Fund Raising Drive

*Special financial program

*Sermons are about giving

*Stewardship = money

Stewardship is more than these

It does not tell the whole story

of what Christian Stewardship

is all about.


Stewardship as a Way of Life


St. Peter wrote that every Christian is charged to "be a good steward of God's grace." (I Peter 4:10)

St. Ignatius of Antioch told the faithful that they were "stewards in God's house, members of His household, and His servants." (Epistle to Polycarp, 99)


We have nothing of our own. All that we have we borrow from God.

Stewardship is enshrined in our Divine Liturgy.

“We offer

unto You Yours of

Your own, in behalf

of all, and for all.“

It is giving back in thanksgiving


  • Bad Stewardship:

  • Pollution

  • pornography

  • waste

  • servitude

  • apathy

  • abortion

  • environmental

  • destruction


St. John Chrysostom

180 Degree

Turn Around ?

Repentance

Motivation for Stewardship


Personal StewardshipPersonalResponsibilityGrowing moreChrist Like


Stewardship Grows From ourSpiritual Practice*Prayer*Fasting*Eucharist*Stewardship We become Christ Like


Fruit of Good

Stewardship

*Joy

*Love

*Caring

*Compassion


Rewards of Stewardship

*Life

*Salvation

*God’s Love

*God with us

Already Bestowed

Stewardship is

Thanksgiving

Instead of

Reward

.


Two basic principles for stewardship in the Orthodox Church. First- Orthodoxy is a way of life.Second- Worship is the defining role in this way of life.


What happens when we think of giving in terms of worship? Concern Shifts New reference, context, motive, and purpose.IT IS OFFERING


First FruitAnd the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.


Our Stewardship Becomes Holy


Our JobsShouldBe Holy


Our Family Life Should Be Holy


OurTeachingandLearningShould BeHoly


From Personal Stewardship

To Our

Parish

Community

Stewardship


Our Community Life and Service Should Be Holy


OurChurch Life Should Be Holy


A Living SacrificeTo God


SampleopinionsformotivationofOrthodoxstewardship


Most Urgent Need For Growth Was Money


More adult education More outreach to the wider community


Thank YouACRODStewardship Commission For more thoughts and information, see ‘Stewardship: a Way of Life: Resource One’.www.acrod.org- Stewardship


BibliographyWatson, Father Fredrick, chairman, Aden, Father Basil, Hall, Father Deacon Stephen,Bilanin, John, “Stewardship: a Way of Life.” A publication of the Diocesan Stewardship Commission, American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese. 2010.Krindatch, "The Realities of Orthodox Parish Life in the Western United States: Ten 'Simple' Answers to Ten 'Not Too Easy' Questions,"


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