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Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

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An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and institutions.

Effective stewardship ministry is not a single event or project. Rather, it is going out to our people wherever they are in their walk with Christ, listening to their concerns, helping them to realize their importance as branches of the True Vine and encouraging them to offer their gifts in His service. We use various resources to support our efforts, but unless we meet with our people personally, sincerely listen to their ideas and concerns, and share a vision for the future of the parish, our efforts will not reach their full potential.

In Oriented Leadership their book on Orthodox Christian leadership, Williams and McKibben define stewardship as the call of the faithful to share willingly the gifts that God has bestowed on them, including sharing these gifts for God’s work. Stewardship is devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as a Parish, as a Metropolis, as a National Church, and as the Church Universal. Stewardship is our active commitment to use ALL our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgement of Christ’s redeeming love.

Stewardship is caring for the needs of others.
Stewardship is offering one's self to God as He offered Himself to us.
Stewardship is what a person does after saying "I believe..." as proof of that belief.
- Williams and McKibben in Oriented Leadership

In the words of Fr. William Chiganos of Holy Apostles Church in Westchester, Illinois, “…people don’t give to need; they give to vision…. Church people don’t stretch their giving because of need to meet the budget; they give more because they are able to see a vision of people being reached and God’s purposes being accomplished in the life of the church and its ministry.” Parishes with successful Orthodox Christian Stewardship Programs have found that incredible support is unleashed from Stewards who unselfishly and joyfully offer their time, talent and treasures, which in turn enhances the spirituality and ministry of the local parish.

Products and Services of the Department of Stewardship
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    Fall 2024 Lake Institute on Religious Fundraising of the Lilly School of Philanthropy

    Join us online this Fall 2024 along with Orthodox Christian Parish Leaders from across the country to grow in the ministry of religious fundraising. Earn the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University

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    2024 Stewardship Campaign Resources

    Our Stewardship theme for 2024 is "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant," from the Parable of the Talents. We are all blessed with certain gifts. This parable stresses the importance of developing our gifts, multiplying them, and offering them back in service to God.

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    2023 Stewardship Campaign Resources

    The theme for the 2023 Stewardship Campaign is “Giving Thanks: Eucharistic Stewardship.” Read More

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    National Missions & Evangelism Conference 2020

    The following videos were recorded at the National Missions & Evangelism Conference Feb. 3-5, 2020 in Columbus, OH at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Presenters offered spoke under the guiding theme of 'Leading Change Toward A Healthier Parish.' What is a healthy parish? How do we evaluate where our parish is today? What changes do we make? What type of leadership is necessary to enact change? These questions are explored and answered by a group of distinguished presenters. Read More

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    Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism Instructional Videos

    In an effort to share best practices from parishes across the Archdiocese, the department offers instructional video conferences on stewardship, outreach, and evangelism.

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    Stewardship as Creation Care Brochure

    This helpful resource broadens our understanding of the word stewardship, to include the depth of our Church’s tradition about our place and role in the world, especially our responsibility to protect the environment, at a time when such knowledge is more vital and critical than ever before. Read More

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    Stewardship Reflections for E-Bulletins, Newsletters and Social Media

    These timely brochures from past years may be used to support current stewardship efforts and education. Read More

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    Planned Giving

    Resources to help your parish with stewardship through planned giving. Includes sample documents such as living wills and giving forms, as well as brochures and posters about giving. Read More

Stewardship, Outreach, and Evangelism

Fr. James Kordaris talks about the great products and services of the Department of Stewardship, Outreach, & Evangelism of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Ministry Updates series of videos highlights the work of the Metropolises and the Archdiocesan Ministries.
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Latest Articles and Videos

How the Department of Outreach and Evangelism is Working for You

Fr. Jim Kordaris reports to Leadership 100 in February 2020 on Outreach & Evangelism ministries made possible by their support.
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2020 Stewardship Outreach and Evangelism Ministry Report

The Department of Stewardship Outreach and Evangelism 2 1/2 minute video report to the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in June 2020.
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