Christian Stewardship is a life-style which acknowledges accountability and responsibility before God. Becoming a Steward begins when we say we believe in God, to who m we give our love, loyalty and trust. We affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewards are motivated as recipients of God's abundant love, to respond by participating and supporting His plan of alvation and the ministries of the Church, which make salvation possible for them and for others. In the Bible, the Steward is depicted as a person who is given the responsibility of managing something that belongs to the Owner, God.
The Steward as the manager is thus accountable to the Owner for all that he possesses and is responsible to return to the Lord his or her fair share in gratitude and Thanksgiving. As God has been generous to us, He expects us to be generous toward the work of Christ and His Church. Our Stewardship Commitment is the tool of ministry, salvation and healing for us and for others. Christian Stewardship is the privilege and honor of directly supporting God's work on earth through the Church.
A flourishing parish Christian Stewardship Program can be compared to a river, which overflows into many tributaries and reaches out in many directions to share with others our rich and profound spiritual inheritance. Success on the local level emanates to greater support and outreach on all levels of ministry: local, national and international. Christian Stewardship offers each person the means to become an active proponent in disseminating the Greek Orthodox Faith through fair and generous giving to support the Parish, and Archdiocesan or National Ministries.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN GOOD STANDING? To be in good standing means you must be paid in full up to the current month based on your “Stewardship Commitment.” For example to be in good standing for 2015 you must be paid in full for the entire year 2015 in the amount of $450 (minimum). Or paid in full January through June in the amount of $225 and be on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or semi-annually payment plan. Please contact church office for more details!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES THE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM SUPPORT? Currently the average daily expenses of the church are more than $1,000; Stewardship supports all of the day to day church related functions including:
- Sacraments & Services
- All church publications & mailings
- Mortgage Payments
- Archdiocese assessment
- Repairs & improvements
- Heating & cooling utilities
- Religious education
- Youth activities
- Landscaping & ground maintenance
HOW DO I BECOME A PARTICIPATING STEWARD? After reading this page, you are asked to consider prayerfully and sincerely your commitments. Let us keep in mind that our commitment obligation begins January 1st of each year.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN GOOD STANDING? To be in good standing means you must be paid in full up to the current month. For example to be in good standing for 2015 you must be paid in full in the amount of $450 (minimum) or paid in full January through June in the amount of $225 and be on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually payment plan.
IMPORTANT: Participation in all Church activities (ex: Greek School, GOYA, Hope & Joy, Sunday School, etc.) you MUST be in good standing before the start of each program.
HOW SHALL I PAY MY FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TO THE CHURCH? Your commitment may be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Weekly or monthly offerings are suggested because it is easier to manage small, regular contributions, rather than large accumulated amounts. See Stewardship Commitment Card here!
AM I EXPECTED TO INCREASE MY STEWARDSHIP COMMITMENT? The answer is yes. In making a decision, one should keep in mind that the expenses of the church are constantly increasing. It simply costs more to operate the Total Church. Therefore, consider what your increase should be.
WHAT IF AFTER I MAKE A COMMITMENT, I ENCOUNTER HARDSHIP? Our commitment is in the strictest of confidence, and is not a legal obligation, but more importantly a promise to God. Should it become necessary, a parishioner, by contacting the church office or the priest, may adjust his or her commitment until circumstances allow him or her to continue his or her original promise.
WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO OFFER? Just as St. Paul speaks to the Christians in Corinth in the 1st century, he speaks to us in the 21st century, and encourages us to set an honest and fair portion of our income for the ministries and support of the church. Ask yourself, is your church worth $2, $3, or $4 more per day? Currently it only takes $1.23 per day to be in Good Standing; that’s less than a cup of coffee or a bottle of water!