2014 Stewardship Resources
The National Stewardship Department provides materials to parishes to aid in Stewardship planning.
2014 Stewardship Resources for Parish Ministry
We are pleased to provide you and your parish Stewardship Team with these 2014 resources for parish ministry. This is the first step in a year-round effort to provide practical and inspiring stewardship resources for the parish. These are mailed to the parishes in hard copy in late summer. Additional resources will be made available electronically through this website (www.stewardship.goarch.org), e-mail communications and in hard copy sent by regular mail.
Our icon for 2014 is The Gifts of the Magi and our theme is a quote from St. John Chrysostom “A Rich Man is not one who has much but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever.”
The Gifts of the Magi icon presents the Wise Men offering gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ Child. These wealthy scholars and priests of the East endured numerous dangers, and traveled a great distance to offer their treasures to Christ, the newborn king. What a beautiful and meaningful example they set for all future generations, helping us to understand the blessing of giving. As we reflect on this beautiful stewardship icon, let us take to heart the words of St. John Chrysostom: “The rich man is not the one who has much, but the one who gives much. For what one gives away, he keeps for all eternity.”
Resources available here in digital format are:
QUICK START GUIDE
This quick start guide provides your parish stewardship team with an outline and checklist to plan their efforts for the year ahead. Click here to access the Quick Start Guide (pdf).
STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY PRACTICAL STEPS BOOKLET
This booklet contains guidelines for preparation of a parish Stewardship Program, updated letters, a sample commitment card and new member card, various campaign formats and ideas for parish stewardship ministry. Click here to access the booklet in pdf format or MSWord editable format.
THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI BROCHURE
This tri-fold brochure, provides a reflection on the gifts of the magi and their implications for stewardship today. This brochure serves as an insert in your stewardship communications or as a resource to be offered during stewardship visitations. Click here to access the brochure in pdf format or MSWord editable format.
To view and download graphic files, click here.
BROCHURES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
These brochures continue to be timely and educational on themes of stewardship. These may supplement your efforts in reaching out to members of your parish.
The tri-fold commitment card provides the stewards with a format for considering blessings in their lives and the many ways in which they may offer these blessings back to God. Click here to access the commitment card in pdf format or MSWord editable format.
STEWARDSHIP GIFTS OF THE MAGI POSTER
GIFTS OF THE MAGI POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
The resources include a PowerPoint Presentation to assist you in presenting the concepts of Stewardship within the theme of The Gifts of the Magi. Additional timely PowerPoint Presentations are available in the previous years' resource materials. These presentations are provided in a customizable format, so that you may add photos and entire slides to personalize the presentation for your purposes. Click here to access the presentation.
This section includes a sermon the the Gifts of the Magi as well as a number of sermons shared by parish priests dealing with the topic of stewardship from various perspectives. Several Greek language sermons are included if needed. Click here to access the sermons.
These brochures are Greek translations of two of our most popular brochures.
A NEW PERSPECTIVE introduces the idea of stewardship in contrast to dues and minimums.pdf format
COME AND SEE invites the individuals to see what the Church can become with their good stewardship. pdf format
GIFTS OF THE MAGI VINYL OUTDOOR BANNERS
Attractive banners for promoting the message of stewardship are available through the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism. Vinyl Outdoor Banner sample and order form.
COUNCIL OF MINISTRIES
This resource provides of a positive approach to stewardship of the entire person through involvement in parish ministries as carried out in the St. Nektarios Church of Charlotte, North Carolina. Click here to access this 11x17 resource in pdf format.
FAMILY INFORMATION FORM
The Family Information Form provides a tool for gathering information on new and existing parishioners with the goal of engaging them in the life of the church according to their interests, skill, training and education. As the new parish management software is implemented, this information will be utilized by the parish priest and his designees for supporting parish ministries and implementing new initiatives. Click here to access the Family Information Form in MSWord editable format.
All of the 2014 Stewardship Campaign resources listed above are available in hard copy through the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism. Please send your requests by email to Stewardship@goarch.org or call 646-519-6760.
Though we have made every effort to anticipate the needs of the parish Stewardship Team, the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism is available to assist you in customizing these resources. Contact the department by email (Stewardship@goarch.org), fax (646-519-6166) or by telephone (646-519-6160). We will do our best to accommodate your custom resource request.
Thank you for your dedication to Stewardship Ministries.