The goal of the Christian life is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. The steward’s path is a disciple’s way of life, a path that starts at our baptism when we are incorporated into the one body with Christ. As we grow in maturity, we become aware of our call to serve as disciples.
Whether we are serving in a parish ministry or participating in the holy work of financial generosity, our efforts align with the mission of the Church and our call to be God’s co-creators in transforming our world.
To support and encourage our discipleship the Church asks us to participate in practices and activities that help strengthen and renew our faith. For example, Lenten practices include praying, fasting, and almsgiving. We are also asked to participate in Sunday Mass and pray each day on our own.
Stewardship is another practice encouraged by the Church that can strengthen and renew our faith. Stewardship practices can help us understand our relationship with the resources God has entrusted to us. Stewardship – as a practice of discipleship – begins with the realization that all we have and all we achieve is a gift from God. Stewardship is comprised of: 1. Gifts of service and ministry (talent) 2. Gifts of prayer and worship (time) 3. Gifts of financial offerings (treasure)
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