Stewardship: Giving Back To God
What does The Bible say about Stewardship?
Give without show
“Let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” (Matt. 6:3)
Give with regularity in proportion
“Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store , as God has prospered him.” (I Cor. 16:2)
“He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (II Cor. 9:6)
“Let everyone give as his heart tells him, neither grudgingly, nor under compulsion, for God loves the man that gives cheerfully.” (II Cor. 9:7)
Stewardship is learning how to be responsible and a concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church. It is learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work for in her dwells the fullness of the spirit of God.
Stewardship is caring for the needs of others.
Stewardship is what a person does after saying “I believe…” as proof of that belief.
Orthodox Christian Stewardship…
is a way of life which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts which they have been blessed.
An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards. Each year the Steward is expected to carefully review his or her personal circumstances and make a commitment of time, talent and treasure to support the Parish and her Ministries, which in turn support the National Ministries of our Archdiocese, Metropolises, and institutions.
Stewardship is devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as a Parish, as a Metropolis, as a National Church and as the Church Universal. Stewardship is our active commitment to use ALL of our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.
Your church needs your time and financial support. We ask that you please consider how much you depend on your church to be there for you. The only way your church can provide what you need is through your consistent and generous support of your time and money.
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*Pledge average needed to sustain the St. George Annual Budget which does not provide for building or property improvements, maintenance or any savings for long term planning.
A Member in Good Standing has met his previous year’s stewardship commitment in full and has submitted the current year’s stewardship form.
Only parishioners who are current in their Stewardship may arrange for a Sacrament.
Only Members in Good Standing, financially (Stewardship) and sacramentally, may participate in scheduled Sacraments or participate in certain aspects of Parish life such as voting in Parish Elections or General Assemblies, or hold official positions such as serving on the Parish Council.
For your convenience, a few options are offered to submit your Stewardship Information:
- Blank stewardship forms are available in the Church Narthex. Please complete and return to the Parish Council Treasurer or mail to the church office.
- A printable stewardship form is available by clicking here. Print the form on your personal printer, complete and return to the Parish Council Treasurer or mail to the church office.
- Complete the online form (https://www.saintgeorgeknoxville.com/stewardship/#form) below and click submit. Your stewardship information will automatically be forwarded to the Parish Council Treasurer.
For your convenience, a few options are offered to fulfill your Stewardship pledge:
- Complete the form (https://www.saintgeorgeknoxville.com/stewardship/#form) below to enter your credit card information
- Follow the link to the PayPal site. Be sure to click on the box to change “Paying for an Item or Service” to “Sending to a Friend” to avoid a processing fee: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/stgeorgegoc
- Send through Venmo – @StGeorgeGreekOrthodoxChurch
- Checks or cash. Checks can be mailed to the church office or given to the Parish Council Treasurer. Cash can be given to the Parish Council Treasurer. Please do not mail cash. Please include a note or memo with your cash or check to indicate it as a Stewardship payment.
Each method is completely confidential and secure. Your personal information will not be shared or sold to any third-parties and will only be used for the church’s needs.