To Be a Christian Steward
A Summary of the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship
"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).
What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
Disciples as Stewards
Let us begin with being a disciple—a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. As members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples. This has astonishing implications:
Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost.
Christian disciples experience conversion—lifeshaping changes of mind and heart—and commit their very selves to the Lord.
Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives
and the way in which we live.
Jesus' disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards.
Making a Difference
The tithes and donations you make to St James Catholic Church make a difference to our church, our community, and the people of North Miami. There are various ways you can donate. We pass a collection plate during the different masses and electronic giving is available for 24/7 donations.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your earnings” (Proverbs 3:9).
Sign up for Online Giving and begin making your contributions. It’s easy. You can also use your smart phone to make your donation by downloading our App stjamesnorthmiami.org on your App store. Each month, more and more people are joining online giving. This convenient system does not require you to contact your bank to sign up or to make changes. You can use any of your checkings, savings, or credit card accounts and the funds will be automatically transferred to our parish bank account.