Stewardship

Let us be resolved to serve God with our whole heart and life. St. Francis de Sales

The Bishops’ Pastoral Letter of 1992, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, defines Stewardship in this way:

“A Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord… Each member of the Church shares in responsibility for its mission; each is called to practice Stewardship of the Church. Christians are also called to look outward and to place themselves at the service of the entire human community, especially those who are most in need.”

As followers of Christ, we are each of us called to a life of service and a life of stewardship of all of the gifts that God has given to us.  We can’t help but recognize and acknowledge the many blessings that God has given to each one of us, and the only logical response is one of gratitude.  Stewardship is based on our need to give out of gratitude to God, not on the church’s need to receive.

The call to Stewardship then is a call to demonstrate our gratitude by how we live lives of service.  When our earthly journey is complete, if we have lived such a life, Jesus tells us that God will call each of us “good and faithful servant” and invite us to share the joy of our eternal Father (Matthew 25:14-46).  Stewardship in this Biblical sense is a way of life, part of our Baptismal commitment to discipleship.  We are all called and invited to serve each other, our OLGC community, and our local, national, and global communities, to the best of our abilities, with our Time, our Talent, and/or our Treasure.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of DevelopmentAmy Schlanger, 703-896-7424.