Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
This last instruction from Jesus Christ to his disciples is the foundation of our Stewardship at St. Francis.
As good stewards we focus perpetually with our time, talents and treasure:
To nurture worship for clergy and laity.
This is the "heart of the matter", our primary reason for existance & our most appropriate response to God's love for us. All need help & encouragement in accordance with personal levels of development in the faith. All are capable of creating & maintaining good habits of corporate and individual prayer, if offered proper guidance and support through prayer & worship services.
To provide Faith Formation, Christian Education & Inreach Programs.
"Faith is caught, not taught", but faith must also be nurtured with content, understanding & relevancy to the Chistian's daily life.
To enable the Mission of the Church through Outreach to our community and the world.
The Christian has a dual responsibility "to know Christ and make Him known". Our personal knowledge & experience of faith grows through prayer & study and in our associations with fellow Christians. We then share this faith with others in fulfillment of Jesus's "Great Commission" which directed us "to go into all the world".
To enable Stewardship, Finance & Administrative Management.
Implementation of good stewardship principles & programs, transparent financial management and administrative systems enables the parish to fulfil its responsibilities year round, annually and long term.
To provide personnel, equipment and facilities resources.
No person or parish can function effectively if inadequately staffed, housed, and equipped. Creativity & morale are stifled. A facilities development plan is required.
__ God is the Creator.
__ God has created all things and continues to do so.
__ Everything belongs to God.
__ We are offered the role of caretaker, manager and steward of God's Creation.
__ Taking care of God's Creation includes, at least, concern for our natural resources, our environment, our fellow human beings and ourselves.
__ The Church is a primary resource and channel for the implementation of our personal stewardship.
__ Our offerings of time, talent and treasure are really offerings of our very selves to the role of a steward of God's Creation, through the Church and beyond.
__ Motivation for a life of stewardship derives from our realization of what God has done and continues to do for us and our desire to offer our most sincere thanksgivings for those gifts.
Excerpt from "A Plan for Stewardship Education and Development through the Year"
__by Rev. David W. Gordon