Finding Grace & Growth
Originally Published by the Diocese of El Camino Real.
Stewardship, like any other spiritual practice, only grows through its prioritization in the lives of Christians and the discovery of finding God and grace through that practice. Through understanding that all that we are and have are direct outcomes of God’s activity in God’s world, we believe that grace and growth in the new life that we find in Jesus Christ will be encouraged. Our response of placing God first directly results in a sense of freedom that comes with faith and increases the spread of God’s love in this part of His kingdom. It brings joy to our hearts and minds to realize that who we are is a child of God and what we have is God’s to begin with.
We no longer are as entangled in materialistic desires, but rather begin to see our lives as gifts and what we have as potential uses for ministry
The Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is committed to our mission “To know Christ and to make Christ known.” As the lay leaders of this community of faith, it is important that we invite our parishioners to pursue a healthy spiritual life through responsible stewardship based on biblical principles.
Do your eyes glaze over a bit when it comes to the annual Fall finance campaign? Do you shift a bit in your seat? Do you NOT want to be the person asking for money?
If you answered yes, you are in good company.
Then, not having any realistic plan for how it could be done, I committed an outrageous act of faith: I started giving the tithe.
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it [. . .] Psalm 24: 1 – 3.