Christian stewardship begins with a sense of who we are as disciples of the Lord. A good steward recognizes that all blessings come from the Lord and these blessings are to be used to serve all of God's children.
This concept of stewardship as a way of life is not focused on our temporal or temporary needs such as facilities and debt. It recognizes the innate spiritual desire to give. This desire lies within all our hearts. Our loving God created us in His image with the potential and expectation to share our gifts with the world around us.
My hope is to grow stewardship as a way of life within our homes, our parishes and throughout the twelve counties of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Essential to our success in accomplishing this vision will be the encouragement and formation of our clergy and laity in practicing and teaching stewardship as a way of fulfilling one's ministry in the parish.
— Archbishop John C. Nienstedt
To help achieve Archbishop Nienstedt’s vision, we are pleased to provide this Parish Stewardship Toolkit designed as a resource for our 200+ parishes throughout our Archdiocese. We hope it will prove helpful in teaching the principles of Christian stewardship and grow stewardship as a way of life in our homes, our parishes and throughout the local Church.
The Parish Stewardship Toolkit includes elements (tools) designed to inform, involve, spire and invite Catholics to a deeper understanding of and participation in stewardship as a way of life.
The toolkit is based on the latest teachings and resources from the Catholic Church on stewardship utilizing the U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral on Stewardship – Stewardship, a Disciple’s Response – as well as proven best practices in parish stewardship from around the country.
These tools can be customized to the individual parish and parish household.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Development and Stewardship if you have any questions, suggestions or need additional resources. We are here to serve you and we hope this is a valuable resource to that end.
The entire toolkit is available for download below as a single pdf. Alternatively, specific parts of the toolkit and sample documents are available individually where indicated on the toolkit pages. Various configurations of the Stewardship logo are available for you to use in your Stewardship campaign and are available for download in a single .zip file. In addition, all the toolkit files also can be found in one place on the Resources page.