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The first presentation of the McKenna Stewardship Ministry was made by five men in 1977 in Franklin Lakes NJ. The group had no name at that time and was not formally organized.

Today the Ministry has 22 witnesses! People in more than 1000 parishes, in 22 States, in 46 Dioceses have adopted this plan for making a gesture of humility to God.

Thousands of lives have been changed...

Tithing is not about giving more money but rather the why of giving at all. It encourages each of us to evaluate our attitudes about giving, our priorities and ultimately our relationship with the Lord. Tithing is an ancient, beautiful, “heart-lifting” practice that views everything as a loving gift from God. The gift of life, our faith, our talents, our finances, the earth, are on loan. It is up to us to recognize these gifts and give thanks by giving back to Him and opening ourselves up to receive His grace. Giving and receiving have a direct and immediate impact upon our relationship with the Lord.

"Jesus' disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards...Stewards of God's gifts are not passive beneficiaries. We cooperate with God in our own redemption and in the redemption of others." (To Be a Christian Steward, A Summary of the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, 1992)

The McKenna Stewardship Ministry focuses on tithing first and time & talent second.

We follow God’s established practice of tithing. While a tithe means tenth, the practice has been updated to suggest giving 5 percent to one's parish and 5 percent to other personal charities.

The McKenna Stewardship Ministry differs significantly from increased giving programs in several ways:

  • We are a spiritual grass roots movement of Catholic lay people.
  • An atmosphere of generosity is cultivated and an environment where parishioners are openly striving for holiness.
  • There are no pledge cards, no written or verbal promises. No "ask" amount is given.    
  • Any commitment is entirely private   

Why would anyone tithe?

Tithing of course meets occasional resistance since it does involve one of our most sensitive areas: OUR money. Society works to convince us that we never have enough. Taking the giant leap in faith that is tithing, means stepping back from our endless list of wants and believing that our generous and abundant God will always provide for our needs with more for us to share. Tithing really isn't about money. It's about surrender, or acceptance. It's about humility and an acknowledgement of one's total dependence on God. It's a gift of self or a prayer. It's whatever you want it to be. It's saying Thank you, Lord, for letting me use the other 9/10 of my income.

Most of all, it's about love. Just ask any tither.