What does it mean to be a good steward?
The Christian steward is a disciple who lives in gratitude by recognizing and embracing God’s gifts and sharing them in love of God and of one’s neighbor. Stewards who are disciples of Jesus live in thankfulness because we recognize that first we have been given the gift of redemption in Jesus, a gift we do not earn or deserve. Jesus freely offers that gift from His great love for us. Stewards recognize that what we have does not absolutely belong to us in the strict sense. Rather it is entrusted to us to be cultivated so that it grows for the greater honor of God. Therefore, our fundamental posture is openness to receive from God and the resolve to share what we have in love of neighbor so that others come to respond more fully to the saving love of God.
The Importance of An Annual Stewardship Renewal
Why should a parish do a stewardship renewal each year? Stewardship is more than a program: it is a life-long process. The Bishops’ Pastoral Letter: Stewardship, A Disciple’s Response, reminds us that “following Jesus is the work of a lifetime...it is a total way of life and requires continuing conversion.” Each one of us must have a change of attitude, a conversion to a new way of life. It is an expression of our discipleship, with the power to change how we live our lives. The stewardship message deals with putting God first in our lives, being detached from material possessions, and sharing our gifts of treasure, time, and talent with our local parish and those in need. We respond with our gifts out of gratitude for all that God has given to us. Christian stewardship is not an option for Catholics. It is how we express our membership in the body of Christ.
By using a variety of options and models for introducing and nurturing the stewardship message, thousands of parishes throughout the United States and Canada have been successful in growing the spirituality of the people in their parishes. When a parish explores and implements the annual renewal, that parish is fostering the message of stewardship and will withstand the “bumps” in the road for years to come and will attract other who are searching for a meaningful life.
The McKenna Stewardship Ministry is conducted and administered by laymen and women for the purpose of sharing the joy and peace of mind that accompanies the ancient spiritual practice of tithing.
Too many parishes are just surviving financially. There is no end to the ministry that a parish could do, if it had the funds. Parishioners get tired of the constant talk about money. Our Lord warned about this kind of fundraising approach and yelled, “Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace.” Yet this is often what we have done when we resort to constant sales and fundraising activities rather than simply asking parishioners to bring their tithe to God’s altar first. The McKenna Stewardship Ministry is a non-profit ministry that helps parishes teach parishioners how to become good stewards and rearrange their priorities in a secular world. We are a spiritually based ministry focused on tithing, time and talent. Those who tithe often feel that the practice brings more joy, more peace, more contentment, and more balance to their lives. Please contact us today for more information on how to introduced your parishioners to this call to holiness.
McKenna Stewardship Ministry