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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The Rev. Laurel Johnston
Program Officer for Stewardship
Episcopal Church Center
is to help people to grow in their relationship with Jesus
through the use of the gifts
God has entrusted to them
it is a process of conversion
A Steward is
a manager of trust
Management of the Household
Responding to God’s call
To use God’s gifts
To carry out God’s Purpose
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.
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
The biblical vision of Shalom
speaks to the conditions that allow all living things to reach their potential of wholeness.
God’s Vision of Shalom….
I came that they may have life
and have it abundantly.
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
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
The practice of the tithe was an outward acceptance of Yahweh’s authority in the covenant partnership.
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
“And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving”
Eucharistic Prayer B
Gifts of the baptized and forgiven people of God
Five Holy Habits
Questions to Consider
Set the Pace
Preach & Teach about stewardship year round
Make their commitment public
principles of stewardship?
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
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