The Diocese of Wichita has lived the Stewardship Way of Life as a diocese for over thirty years, beginning in 1985.
Stewardship is embedded in the New Commandment of Jesus Christ, “Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit will come to those who love him and keep his commandments. (Jn 14:15-16) If the incarnation and death of the Son was an act of the Father’s love, the indwelling after the resurrection is a special act of love for the disciples and every Christian.
The Holy Spirit acts within each person as well as the whole Church, animating, vivifying and sanctifying. Stewardship, the grateful response of this action, is a concrete manifestation of the indwelling spirit.
Everyone has a responsibility to answer the call to mission and to develop the gifts she or he has been given by sharing them in the family, the workplace, the civic community, and the parish or diocese. One very important decision and ancient manner of answering the call to mission and sharing one’s gifts, is through the financial tithe.