Inspiring Generosity and Stewards - June 27
An Online Program Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative
INSPIRING GENEROSITY AND STEWARDS
How does generosity and stewardship function in the midst of pandemic and civil unrest? Must we wait for a return to "normal" before considering aspirations of generosity and stewarding what God has entrusted to us? Inspiring Generosity and Stewards offers peace in the midst of uncertainty. It is less about securing a calculated plan to achieve the financial goals for you and your parish and more about trusting in God's provision. The online workshop offers key principles, disciplines, and tools to clergy and laity, so that, in working together, the local church body may be more equipped to thrive in the community it serves. You should attend if you are committed to moving forward with the ministry of your parish. Whether you actively serve in a leadership role, or you are an emerging leader, please register to come, Saturday, June 27, 9:30-3:30 EST!
Scripture provides the foundation for understanding the function of servant leadership, an essential blueprint for all those practicing leadership in the church. Scripture shows that all members of the church - clergy and laity- are under the authority of the written commandment, bound by duty and personally accountable to its directive for the community. In this session, participants will explore the foundations of servant leadership and the practices - both personal and parish - to function as entrusted servants to God's instruction, specifically as it relates to generosity and stewardship for the individual and the church body.
During the session, you will:
- Explore, practice, and apply the principles of servant leadership as it relates to generosity and stewardship
- Review the formation of your stewardship beliefs
- Examine the Orthodox ways of stewardship manifested in the Church’s tradition of human vocation as the priestly people of God
- Utilize a simple outline called the ‘Stewardship Cycle’, designed to help participants progress and grow in maturity as stewards and identify obstacles to that growth
- Move beyond personal understanding and practice of stewardship to express generosity through a sacrificial way of life as part of a local, committed Christian community, carrying out the Lord’s saving work through ministry in the world
- Explore new ways to form a dynamic stewardship ethos and practice in the local parish
- Submit your Personal Stewardship Questionnaire: ‘Stewardship’ will mean many things for many people. Take a minute to identify your own personal journey in learning about and practicing Orthodox Christian Stewardship.
- List some of the gifts you’ve been blessed within your life
- Write a few sentences about what you would like to learn in this session and what specific questions you may have about personal or parish stewardship
- Holet, Robert - The First and Finest, Orthodox Christian Stewardship as Sacred Offering
- Scott, Anthony (Ed) - Good and Faithful Steward: Stewardship in the Orthodox Church
- Geleris, Andrew - The Good Project
- The Orthodox Steward
- Stewardship Calling
- Parish Resources including: