Stewardship at St. Stephen's
But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. –1 Chronicles 29:14
St. Stephen's philosophy of stewardship is based on three important concepts: gratitude, prayer and faith. We are grateful for what we have been given to use. We pray to discover what God would have us do with our lives and resources.
Finally, we explore our relationship to money to more closely align our financial resources with the way we live out our faith. Money flows through all aspects of our lives, our work, our families, our communities, and our participation in the political and economic systems of which we are part.
Important in cultivating a sense of community around this topic is our annual pledge drive held in the fall. It involves participating in conversations about the meaning of money in people's lives and for us to look at our faith journey and share our stories. It is an opportunity to listen for the voice of Christ so that money can become a sacrament of God's love in our lives.
As caretakers of God's bounty, what we do with that gift ultimately defines the character of our lives and the depth of our spiritual understanding. We have opportunities to help those around us and to make an impact on lives yet to come.