Stewardship at St. Thomas More
Stewardship at St. Thomas
Stewardship is one of two hallmarks -- the other is evangelization -- of St. Thomas More Parish and is continuing to evolve as a total way of life with its current six-phase program consisting of:
- Stewardship of Prayer: Time
- Stewardship of Ministry: Talent
- Stewardship of Faith
- Stewardship of Treasure
- Stewardship of Vocations
- Stewardship of Earth
Stewardship teaching at St. Thomas More includes, among others, the following principles: Stewardship is a way of life and a spirituality. It involves tithing, has biblical foundation, and it promotes the need to give vs. giving to a need. And finally stewardship is a means to an end -- evangelization. Stewardship as a way of life in the parish provides the resources needed to "go and make disciples."
Thus, stewardship at St. Thomas More promotes prayer and making time for God, sharing God's gifts and talents, nourishing our faith, giving of our treasure, promoting vocations and taking care of the earth.
St. Paul's letter to the Colossians sums our view of stewardship as a way of life.
"...we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding 10 to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light." Colossians 1 9-12