Parish Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee has the general responsibility for building stewardship awareness, the long term stewardship plan and shorter term annual stewardship programs. Its members are selected by the Pastor to serve a renewable three year term. Qualifications for committee members are:
- Spiritually motivated. It is important that members of the Stewardship Committee be people of prayer and concerned about their fellow parishioners' relationship with God.
- Have a good understanding of stewardship. It is important that all members of the Stewardship Committee have a broad understanding of stewardship. Some may see stewardship only as tithing income; others may see stewardship as recycling paper products; and still others may see it as volunteering time to church organizations only. A broad, working understanding of stewardship is necessary to consolidate all of these viewpoints.
- Exemplify the spirit of stewardship. The members should live stewardship, even if they don't call it by that name. Those committed to stewardship volunteer their time in various activities throughout the Church and community. Those committed to stewardship will also be committed, regular and generous givers.
- Able to envision how stewardship can lead the church forward. Stewardship is an important part of the church's "culture" in the long term, so it is also important that the committee members develop a vision of where stewardship can take the church years into the future.
- Have personal qualities that contribute to success. These people are persistent, optimistic, organized, patient, creative and willing to share their faith with others.
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for overseeing and implementing the effort to build and sustain the spirit of stewardship on an on-going basis: planning, education and communication, and follow up. The Stewardship Committee reports to the Parish Council, rather than the Finance Council, in order to emphasize stewardship and to show that stewardship is a way of life, and not simply a way to raise money.