The Four Pillars of Parish Stewardship

Stewardship:  A grateful Response to God's Love

God reveals his perfect and infinite love for us most visibly in His Son, Jesus Christ.  A steward makes God's love visible by imitating Jesus.  The more deeply one grows in love for God, the more one grows in heart to see stewardship as a way of life, a way of love, imitating God's love for us.  Stewards see everything good as gifts received from God and they respond in gratitude with the gift of self.

The Diocese Of Wichita, Kansas invites you to join us embracing stewardship as the way of life. Click through the links below to browse the downloadable resources. Feel free to use the sharable resources and please be kind to mention the source if you use any of the documents or presentations.

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'When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.' Matt 25:35

Jesus Christ teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ Himself.  Parishioners of a stewardship parish seed to see the face of Christ in one another.  A stewardship parish is a welcoming parish regarless of the parish demographics:  large or small - urban, suburban or rural.

'Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies.'   from Characteristics of a Christian Steward

Prayer and the sacraments dispose a soul to receive God's abundant graces, which are necessary to grow in holiness.  It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

'Being a disciple is not just something else to do, alongside many other things suitable for Christians, it is a total way of life and requires continuing conversion.'   from USCCB's Stewardship a Disciple's Response - Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

Formation is a formidable task, involving education fo the mind and conversion of the heart.  To know the "stewardship way of life", does not make one live a "stewardship way of life."  Ongoing Catholic education is important if we are to grow in our lives as stewards.

'...Amen I say to you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me.' Matt. 25:40

Members of a stewardship parish are ready to minister to varied needs of their own parish family as well as the needs of the wider community and Church.  Just as the members of a family come together to help one of their own, a stewardship parish family serves those who are hurting or in need, doubting or seeking salvation.  The parish family also comes together to celebrate, thank and return God's gifts. 


The Four Pillars of Parish Stewardship Manual

This manual seeks to assist members of stewardship committees, pastoral councils, pastors and parish leadership as together they seek to develop, design, implement, and renew a successful stewardship way of life in their parish. This manual also identifies important building blocks within, under and around the "pillars" to assure there is a sound structure in place. The four pillars of hospitality, prayer, formation and service invite parishioners to experience, witness and live the stewardship way of life in response to their baptismal call to discipleship.