What is Stewardship?

“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).

Stewardship is often a misunderstood concept in the Catholic Church because it is frequently, solely associated with money. Stewardship is a spirituality recognizing that everything we have is a gift from God and as stewards of those gifts we are called to return a share of our time, talent and resources to God’s Church.  We do this out of gratitude in a way that is proportionate to the gifts that He has given to us. That means something different to each of us and it involves so much more than just sharing our money. God wants to share in our whole being, and limiting that sharing to just our resources or even excluding God from our resources puts a cap on our relationship with God.  Including God in every aspect of our life is something that we all struggle with and it calls us to a conversion of our mind and our heart.  

I encourage you to read the 1992 Bishop’s Pastoral letter on Stewardship and reflect on the questions contained within the document. Download a free PDF of the Bishop’s Pastoral document, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response

A Summary of the U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

Visit the International Catholic Stewardship Council Website