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.”.
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:
*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.
unto You Yours of
Your own, in behalf
of all, and for all.“
It is giving back in thanksgiving
St. John Chrysostom
Turn Around ?
Motivation for Stewardship
Fruit of Good
Rewards of Stewardship
*God with us
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.
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.
From Personal Stewardship
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,"