In 1992, the Bishops of the United States wrote a letter to all Catholics entitled “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.” In this letter they laid out a stunning vision of what it means to live as a believer. They envisioned a way of life in which each of us saw everything around us as the gift of a gracious and loving God; a way of life in which each of us understood and lived out our own unique place in God’s plan. A way of life rooted in gratitude and lived out in love – in a nutshell, the way of life of a disciple.
The Stewardship “process” is well organized easily followed and can be adapted to accommodate the personality of any parish... or individual. The results of active Stewardship can be quite profound.
Envision a parish with: Vibrant hospitality and newcomer programs, a decrease in the demands and stress on the pastor, active involvement by the majority of parishioners as the norm, actively attended Perpetual Adoration, parishioners giving out of their need to give, no debt, an increasing desire by parishioners to know and understand God’s Word, few second collections, free Catholic school tuition (where applicable), and no annual appeal
This is not theory. All of the points above are in place and thriving in various parishes and dioceses throughout the U.S.
“A Christian steward is one who receives God's gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to the Lord.” 1992 Bishops’ Pastoral on Stewardship – Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.