Stewardship

Orthodox Christian Stewardship

His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
– Matthew 25:23

Through the parable of the good and faithful servant, God illustrates the use of gifts that have been bestowed upon him. He illustrates through the servant that our actions reveal what we truly believe. That is why we must always bear in mind that everything we have is because of Him and each of us has been appointed to be a good and faithful steward, not only to our community, but to this great world, to not only take care of it, but to also improve it. We must give ourselves to Christ just like He gave Himself completely, on the cross, to us. When we willingly give of ourselves with love and joy, we will be blessed with more. Holding back sends the message that the gifts bestowed on us are better served elsewhere.

So then, what is stewardship? Stewardship is working out of faith through giving in order to carry on God’s work. Orthodox Christians are called to be good stewards of the gifts God has entrusted to us — including time, talents, and treasures. Our actions, our lives, and our giving are the most accurate measure of our faith. The material things in our lives speak so clearly about what’s most important to us, they mold and shape who we are and how we live. So we must ask ourselves how God impacts our thinking in our choices? Are we giving all that we can or are we holding back? Stewardship is faith in action.

By completing a Stewardship Commitment Form, you are pledging to support St. George with time, talent and treasure, and most importantly you are becoming part of the St. George family. You can pledge online here:

 

 

At St. George Orthodox Church we believe that helping others including those in our local community is a priority. We donate 10% of all stewardship dollars collected to charities. In 2023 the following charities benefited through stewardship commitments:

  • Prescott Community Cupboard Food Bank
  • Hungry Kids Project
  • Agape House of Prescott
  • Catholic Charities
  • Yavapai County Food Bank
  • Coalition for Compassion and Justice
  • Father’s Discretionary Fund
  • Prescott Area Shelter Services
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • International Orthodox Christian Charities
  • Project Mexico

If you have additional questions about stewardship please contact Father Jeffrey.

What is Stewardship?

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has created a brochure, which puts Orthodox Stewardship in perspective.

Simply put, the Archdiocese defines Christian stewardship as
…learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church, it is learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work, for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God.

…our active commitment to use all our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.

…caring for the needs of others.

…offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.

…what a person does after saying, “I believe…” as proof of that belief.

…devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as parish, as diocese/metropolis, as national Church and as Church universal.