God expects us to manifest our profession of faith in His Word and His Teachings through our actions and our good deeds. Our time, talents, and resources are all gifts lovingly given to us by God. In thanksgiving and appreciation, we must offer these three gifts in service to God and His Church. While the church certainly needs and benefits from the giving of our time, talents, and resources, by far the more important reason for us to offer these gifts in service to the church is for our salvation. There is guidance in the Bible and in the teachings of the Holy Orthodox Church to reinforce this belief.
“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.” (to Corinthians 9: 6-8)
What does it mean to be a Steward of the parish?
Membership in the Orthodox Church begins at baptism (Chrismation for some) and continues throughout our life. We are united with Christ through the sacraments, or mysteries, of the Church and through our faithful offering of our entire selves to Jesus Christ. Our Archdiocese requires each parish to distinguish between voting members and non-voting members. A voting member is over 18 years of age and turns in a signed stewardship commitment card, committing a portion of time, talent and treasure to the Church. The Archdiocese also requires the voting member to remain current through the year on their commitments. Keep in mind that true membership in the Body of Christ involves living according to His word and within the Church.
Please click the link below to download the Bilingual Stewardship form 2019: