Who is a Christian disciple?
Who is a Christian steward?
One who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns them with increase to the Lord.
Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response
Discipleship and Stewardship are partner values for today’s Christian. Both are responses to prior initiatives: discipleship is my response to Jesus who says, “Come follow me!”; stewardship is my response to God for His giftedness of me. Jesus invites * God bestows * I respond.
Living these partner values is difficult in today’s world. Many think being a disciple is for just a few select people, and many also think that what they have in terms of gifts and things has been acquired completely through their own initiative and hard work. The values of discipleship and stewardship aim to reverse this thinking. Both root lives not on ‘me’, but on God. To get there requires a change of heart. Once there, however, you will appreciate and rejoice in a new way of life.
The Parish of St. Joseph the Worker invites you to share this new way of life. We want to help you live as both disciple and steward.
-A Pastoral Letter, National Conference of Catholic Bishops
The following links are good sources to give an overview of stewardship. Take time to prayerfully read the content and reflect on the questions posed on each of the sites.