Today we talk about forming Parish Stewardship Committees with Jim Kelley. Jim discusses the focus of Stewardship in a parish, the profile of someone who might join the committee, their roles and responsibilities as a committee member and the five M’s of building a network of resources. Jim outlines all of these points in a power point presentation that he has shared with us. You can download that presentation by clicking here.
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10). What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus. It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Rom 8:28). In 1992 the United States Bishops published their pastoral document, Stewardship aDisciples Response. Click here to download the pastoral document as a PDF.
About Jim Kelley
Jim is the Director of Development for the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina and the Executive Director of the Foundation of the Diocese of Charlotte. Jim is the author of several books including: Stewardship Manual: A Guide for Individuals and Parishes Developing Stewardship as a Way of Life and the book Sustaining and Strengthening Stewardship and co-author and co-editor of Stewardship: Disciples Respond – A Practical Guide for Pastoral Leaders and The Children’s Stewardship Manual, both publications of the International Catholic Stewardship Council. He was a member of the committee that organized and produced the newest ICSC publication Keeping Stewardship Alive: Proven Stewardship Ideas. Jim served on the Board of the International Catholic Stewardship Conference as president and vice-president. He was the 2000 recipient of the Bishop Connare Award from ICSC. He is a Knight of Malta and has a B.A. degree from Yale University. Jim Kelley can be reached at (704) 370-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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