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Christian Stewardship is ...

grateful and responsible use of God's gifts in the light of God's purpose as revealed in Jesus Christ.  Christian stewards, empowered by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves to conscious, purposeful decisions.

Stewardship is lived out in:

  • living and telling the Good News;

  • sharing with God in seeking justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in an interdependent universe;

  • wisely employing God-given human resources, abilities, and relationships;

  • sharing the material resources we hold and giving them in service, justice, and compassion;

  • providing for future generations;

  • sharing in the life, worship, and responsible stewardship of the Church and of its mission.

Both for the individual and for the community, stewardship is a joyful act for the sake of God's world.

This definition comes from the Standing Rules of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. The Episcopal Church is a founding member of this group and remains active in its continuing work. You can find out more about ESC at their website, www.stewardshipresources.org.

The Department of Stewardship is...

created and receives its authority through The Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas Canon 5.

"Section 6.  The Department of Stewardship
   It shall be the duty of the Department of Stewardship to maintain a continuous program of education activity to confront the members of the diocese with the larger meaning of Christian stewardship, and to lead them to accept their responsibility as stewards of God' gifts; to confer with clergy, vestries, and bishop's committees on the development of a strong and continuous Christian stewardship emphasis in their congregation; to hold periodic conferences on stewardship, and to distribute literature setting forth God's claim on our time, talents and treasure; and to organize a speakers' bureau which will offer qualified persons, especially lay members, who will be ready to visit throughout the Diocese for a presentation of Christian stewardship as a way of life, and as a practical program in the Diocese."

Our Mission is...

Provide the tools for churches to develop the financial resources that under gird their own mission and ministry.  Thinking not in term of what we can afford, but in terms of what we need!

Remind the people who are the Diocese of West Texas, that all that we are and all that we have belongs to God.  Everything is a gift from God and we are the stewards - not only of our financial resources, but also of this created earth, our time, our talents, our families, our relationships, life itself, but most importantly God's word.


The Department of Stewardship is...

divided into four divisions to more fully embrace all the facets of Christian Stewardship.

  • Annual Giving
  • Capital Giving
  • Legacy Giving
  • Missionary Giving

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Our Website...

focuses on the Gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure.

  • Gift of Time - The Great Commission is the normative mission statement for the church.  "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20a RSV).  It is through our Missionary giving of time that we can make the Christ known to those who know Him not.
  • Gift of Talent - Christian stewardship is using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do.  Discerning and carrying out God's purpose is the primary purpose of our lives.  The primary role of the church is to guide individuals in discernment of the mission for their lives and the use of their resources in accomplishing it.  Do you hear a call to be truer to your Christian beliefs?
  • Gift of Treasure - How we use money says more about our value system than anything we say or do.  Some would think that the way we handle our money is a window into our souls.  In funding ministry there are three faces of financial stewardship.  Annual giving (ordinary stewardship) is the regular practice of returning to God a portion of all that God has given us.  Capital giving (extraordinary stewardship) involves the special occasions that arise in the life of Christian communities that call us to give beyond our ordinary habit. Legacy giving (legacy stewardship) is the way in which we address the matter of disposing of the accumulations of our lifetime.

With this website the Department of Stewardship hopes to provide an electronic source of ideas, programs, resources and inspiration to encourage visitors (while helping congregations encourage members) to experience the joy of giving and embrace a lifestyle of generosity according to God's Word and Christ's example.

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