Stewardship is first and foremost a central part of worshipping God, and a primary spiritual discipline, one of the most powerful tools at our disposal for growing in the grace and love of God.
Stewardship is about practicing gratitude, and living as responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26).
The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as growing into the practice of tithing, and also of contributing time and talents, offering ourselves for ministry and mission in obedience to the great commission of Jesus, “As you go into the world, 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.”
Stewardship is about lovingly reaching out to build relationships with all people and to share the love of God in Jesus Christ from a heart filled with the abundance of God. As we grow in our worship of God through the practice of tithing and offering ourselves in service, we will find that our hearts grow in courage, and we are increasingly released from the fear of scarcity.
Don’t you want to grow in your life of faithfulness, to grow in grace and love? Then we pray that you will begin your journey of learning how to worship God through practicing the tithe and offering your gifts, talents, and time to serve others.
Stewardship encompasses many different facets of caring and giving, including:
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