Many Catholics have heard the word “stewardship,” and some are already very good stewards. But many more are unaware that stewardship is a significant part of discipleship — that receiving God’s gifts gratefully and sharing them generously is what we are called to do as followers of Christ. This gathering will introduce parish leaders to the spirituality of Christian stewardship and provide information, resources, and an overview of the process and methods a parish can use to help foster better stewardship in the parish and help parishioners to live the Gospel call to stewardship more fully.
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“For it is in giving that we receive”
St. Francis of Assisi
8:30–9:00 Mass (Optional)
9:00–9:15 Opening Prayer and Reflection – Bishop McGrath
9:15–10:15 Building an Engaging, Welcoming Parish (Leisa)
It seems everywhere we turn someone is talking about it: how do we really engage people, leading them to faith and calling them to discipleship? How do we welcome them to come to us and stay with us in our parishes and ministries? Learn and explore this engaging topic together.
10:30–11:30 Strengths Based Leadership for the Engaging Parish (Leisa and Tish)
We are at our best when we do what we do best! Our teams are at their best when everyone has an opportunity to draw on his or her talents, strengthening the team and enhancing our shared ministry. Learn about the role that talents play in our lives and how leading from our talents makes a difference in the lives of the people who give and receive the ministry and service of which we are a part.
11:30–12:30 Lunch and Networking
12:30–1:15 Bringing Strengths to Your Parish (Tish)
When we help people to discover and develop their God-given talents, we not only bring new life to the parish, we help people to make key connections between their faith and the rest of their lives. Explore the use of StrengthsFinder talent identification assessment as a way to know and to live their strengths as disciples and good stewards of their talents.
1:30–2:30 Creating and Living a Stewardship Covenant (Leisa)
Engaging people as disciples of Jesus Christ in community is a dynamic process that requires the commitment of pastors, parish staff members, parishioner leaders and parishioners. Many parishes that are intentionally building a more engaged community create a parish covenant in order to draw everyone into this process. The covenant process clarifies the parish’s vision and mission and helps
every person to be committed to carrying that vision out in their daily lives.
2:30–2:45 Closing Reflection and Sending Forth