The Pillars of Parish Stewardship and Discipleship

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois invites you to join us embracing discipleship as the way of life. Click through the links below to browse the downloadable resources. Feel free to use the sharable resources and please be kind to mention the source if you use any of the documents or presentations.

The Four Pillars of Stewardship

Hospitality - Christian Kindness

'When I was a stranger, you welcomed me.' Matt 25:35

Jesus Christ teaches that whenever we welcome one of the least of our sisters and brothers, we welcome Christ Himself.  Parishioners of a stewardship parish see the face of Christ in one another.  A stewardship parish is a welcoming parish regarless of the parish demographics:  large or small - urban, suburban or rural.

Prayer - A Heart to Heart with God

'Prayer is as necessary to our souls as food is to our bodies.'   from Characteristics of a Christian Steward

Prayer and the sacraments dispose a soul to receive God's abundant graces, which are necessary to grow in holiness.  It is through prayer that we nurture our personal relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Formation - Continuous Conversion

'Being a disciple is not just something else to do, alongside many other things suitable for Christians, it is a total way of life and requires continuing conversion.' from USCCB's Stewardship a Disciple's Response - Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

Formation is a formidable task, involving education for the mind and conversion of the heart. To know the "stewardship way of life", does not make one live a "stewardship way of life." Ongoing Catholic education is important if we are to grow in our lives as stewards.

Service - Love in Action

'...Amen I say to you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me.' Matt. 25:40

Members of a stewardship parish are ready to minister to varied needs of their own parish family as well as the needs of the wider community and Church.  Just as the members of a family come together to help one of their own, a stewardship parish family serves those who are hurting or in need, doubting or seeking salvation.  The parish family also comes together to celebrate, thank and return God's gifts.