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Nurturing Diocesan Stewardship Ministries. The Rev. Laurel Johnston Program Officer for Stewardship Episcopal Church Center. The Purpose of a Stewardship Ministry is to help people to grow in their relationship with Jesus through the use of the gifts God has entrusted to them.

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Diocesan Stewardship


The Rev. Laurel Johnston

Program Officer for Stewardship

Episcopal Church Center


The Purpose of a

Stewardship Ministry

is to help people to grow in their relationship with Jesus

through the use of the gifts

God has entrusted to them


Stewardship is not a program…

it is a process of conversion






What is a Steward?

A Steward is

a manager of trust


Oikos (Greek)



Management of the Household


Stewardship is

Responding to God’s call

To use God’s gifts

To carry out God’s Purpose


When did God first call us to be Stewards?

On the sixth day….

God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them male and female he created them. God blessed them and God said to them be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

Genesis 1:27-28


Made in God’s Image

Bound to our Creator

Humbly take right place within the whole

Affirm our life as gift

Affirm God as source of life, giver of freedom,

Agents of God’s blessing

Called to be life-giving

Partners in carrying out God’s Purpose


God’s Purpose of Peace

The biblical vision of Shalom

speaks to the conditions that allow all living things to reach their potential of wholeness.


Attributes of a Faithful Steward

  • A Steward knows the deepest intentions
  • and greatest hopes of the owner.
  • A Steward is entrusted to run the day to
  • day affairs of the household or estate,
  • especially when owner is away.
  • A Steward is accountable to the owner

Jesus is the Bearer of

God’s Vision of Shalom….


and is the Faithful Steward…Par Excellence

I came that they may have life

and have it abundantly.

John 10:10


Jesus, Money & Values

Jesus challenged the disciples, scribes and the crowds about relationship to money and their possessions.

The Gospel references:

Prayer 500 times

Faith >500 times

Money 2,000 times


What must I do

to inherit eternal life?

You shall love your God with all your heart with all your soul all your strength and all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.

Luke 10: 25-27


God’s Purpose of Praise

The practice of the tithe was an outward acceptance of Yahweh’s authority in the covenant partnership.


Tithing and

The Covenant Community

A faith statement acknowledging God’s

ultimate ownership—that all comes from God and belongs to God.

2) Provides support for the religious institutions central to the life of the community.

3) Re-distributed resources with concern for peace and justice


Loving God with all your strength…..Offering/Tithing

  • Outward sign of faithfulness to covenantal relationship
  • Expression of love in gratitude
  • Offering the substance of your life
  • Affirms God’s ultimate ownership
  • Affirms ultimate trust and security

Eucharistic Offering

“And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving”

Eucharistic Prayer B

Gifts of the baptized and forgiven people of God


Offering of Money

  • When we give money we are offering
  • part of ourselves. We offer ourselves individually and corporately to be the body of Christ in the world.We acknowledge that what we offer to God is in a sense not ours, but his all along, given to us in trust as stewards of God’s creation.

Practicing Shalom

Five Holy Habits

  • Worship Weekly
  • Daily Prayer
  • Scripture Study
  • Proportional Giving/Tithing
  • Keeping Sabbath


as a way of life….



Generosity of Spirit


God’s Glory


Shaping a Culture

of Stewardship

Questions to Consider


Do clergy and lay leaders share about their own giving?

Set the Pace

Preach & Teach about stewardship year round

Make their commitment public


How do you teach biblical

principles of stewardship?


How do you help people integrate their faith & finances?


Core Competencies of Steward Leaders

  • 1. Understand and internalize the biblical and theological principles of stewardship.
  • 2. Teach and preach about stewardship from a holistic orientation (time, money, creation and vocation).
  • 3. Share publically about one’s own personal history, struggles and joys with money and giving.

Core Competencies of Steward Leaders

  • 4. Create an environment that supports others as they deal with the power of money in their lives.
  • 5. Practice and or works towards the tithe.
  • 6. Teach and encourage vestry members to examine and define stewardship belief and practices.
  • 7. Comprehend the basics of congregational finance and budgeting.

Diocesan Stewardship Ministry

Best Practices

Meet Regularly

Begin each meeting with Scripture Study

Engage in a stewardship book study

Create a Diocesan Stewardship Statement

Host /Attend Stewardship Workshops

Develop a Network of Stewardship Mentors

Create a Resource Library

Consistent Communication

stewardship scripture study

What word or images speak to you?

  • How do you hear God’s promise?
  • What barrier prevent me from responding?
  • What would my life be like without these barriers?
Stewardship Scripture Study
stewardship workshops
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)

Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF)

Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP)

Ecumenical Stewardship Center

Stewardship Workshops

Create a Diocesan Stewardship

Vision Statement

We are created by God to be stewards of this world. We have no option…we are Stewards. Our option is the kind of stewards we are. What God intends for us is joy and a feeling of abundant life. The more we live into the image of God, the more joyful we will be. God gives to us lavishly, sacrificially, and without reserve. As we strive to give the way God gives, we grow into a deeper relationship with God. When we truly feel grateful to God, we can begin to feel the abundance He provides. We are called to love others as Christ loved us; to be caretakers of others, of our world, of our time, of our emotions, of our relationships…all of life!

Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma


Develop a Network of

  • Stewardship Mentors
  • Personal Budget: Money & Faith
  • Annual Giving
  • Will Preparation/Planned Giving
  • Endowment
  • Retreat Leaders
  • Event Speakers & Preachers
  • Spiritual Gifts Inventory
  • Stewardship of Time
  • Stewardship of Creation


as a way of life….



Generosity of Spirit


God’s Glory