We are pleased to provide you and your Stewardship Team with these 2013 Stewardship Resources. 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.
Our theme for 2013 is Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit from chapter 15 of the Gospel of John. At the Last Supper, as we read in Chapter 15 of the Gospel of John, Jesus instructed His disciples, "I Am the Vine; you are the branches." He was telling us that the purpose of our abiding in Him is that we may bear fruit for God in the world. "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit..." Just as the vine bears fruit only through its branches, so Jesus has chosen to work in the world through us. We are the members of His Body. We are the branches through which the True Vine must bear fruit. We bear fruit when we serve and support God and His Church.
Resources available here in digital format are:
This quick start guide provides your parish stewardship team with an outline and checklist to plan their efforts for the year ahead. (Adobe PDF or Word DOC)
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. (Adobe PDF)
Chosen and Appointed Brochure
This tri-fold brochure, provides a reflection on the Chosen and Appointed… theme and serves as an insert in your stewardship communications or as a resource to be offered during stewardship visitations. (Adobe PDF or Word DOC)
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. (Adobe PDF or Word DOC)
This 11 x 17 color poster shares the message of stewardship with your parishioners and visitors. (Adobe PDF or Word DOC)
The resources include a PowerPoint Presentation to assist you in presenting the concepts of Stewardship within the theme of Chosen and Appointed…. 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. (PPT Format)
These six bulletin inserts will assist you in promoting a positive stewardship message and educating the faithful.
- Insert 1 and 2 (Adobe PDF or Word DOC)
- Insert 3 and 4 (Adobe PDF or Word DOC)
- Insert 5 and 6 (Adobe PDF or Word DOC)
These sermons have been shared by parish priests and deal with the topic of stewardship from various perspectives.
- An Adequate Answer (Word DOC)
- Freely You Have Received, Freely Give (Word DOC)
- Freely You Have Received, Freely Give - Youth Sermon (Word DOC)
- How Do You Spell Stewardship (Word DOC)
- I Am the Vine (Word DOC)
- Member of the Body (Word DOC)
- Stewardship - No Magic Pills (Word DOC)
- Thanksgiving and Stewardship (Word DOC)
- The Journey to Salvation is Not a Cruise (Word DOC)
- Two Plates - Not One (Word DOC)
- Wealth - Stewardship (Word DOC)
Vinyl Outdoor Banners
Attractive banners for promoting the message of stewardship are available through the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism. These banners may be customized to fit the needs of your parish. Click for a sample banner and order form. (Adobe PDF)
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. It is in 11x17 format. (Adobe PDF)
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. (Word DOC)
All of the 2013 Stewardship Campaign resources listed above are available in hard copy through the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism. Please send your requests by email to [email protected] or call 646-519-6160.
Thank you for your dedication to Stewardship Ministries.