In 1998, St. Columbkille adopted a parish-wide philosophy of Stewardship. Stewardship recognizes God as the giver of all good things. Stewards are so appreciative of God’s generosity that they actively share a portion of their time with Him in prayer, their talent in service to others and their treasure with the parish and other charities.
In common language, “stewardship” simply means taking care of one’s belongings. But at St. Columbkille, when we talk about stewardship, we mean something more than that. As Christians, we believe that humans don’t really own anything. God has created all things; everything we “own” is really “on loan” from God. From that perspective, stewardship means taking care of God’s gifts.
Stewardship is the natural response to the decision to be a disciple. The U.S. bishops have said:
Mature Disciples make a conscious, firm decision carried out in action, to be followers of Jesus Christ no matter the cost to themselves. Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives.
Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, Introduction
Everything God has given us – special skills, a nice smile, a good income – is meant for others as well. Being a good steward of these gifts involves giving them away. As we learn from Jesus’ example, self-giving is the road to true happiness.
Our annual Stewardship Renewal is an important event for the community of St. Columbkille. It is a time when we encourage each other to re-prioritize the way we use God’s gifts by making commitment of time, talent, and treasure. How will you use your gifts?
Director of Stewardship
For information, please call Deacon David Krueger, Telephone: 402-339-3285, Ext.104