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Igniting the Flame of True Orthodox Stewardship – Bill Marianes
Use this excellent example of a parish ministries brochure to create one specific to your parish. These are wonderful documents to help new members or visitors quickly become oriented and involved in parish life.
A brief article, yes. A small sampling, yes. Anecdotal, yes. But something worth a few moments of thought. There’s a saying from the therapeutic community: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” Does some element of this statement of hope and renewal also apply to priestly service?
For an excellent example of Orthodox regional planning read the 2014 strategic plan of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco.
Generosity, Accountability, Vision: Historical Perspectives on Orthodox Stewardship in America by John H. Erickson
John Erickson, now Fr. John Erickson, is the former Dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary and a highly regarded Orthodox historian and canonist, especially as regards American Orthodox church history.
Some Aspects of Stewardship of the Church of Constantinople Under Ottoman Turkish Rule by Fr. Demetrios Constantelos
An acknowledged expert in the history of Byzantine Philanthropy details the sorrow and the struggle and yet also the tenacity in which faithful Orthodox Christians of the Church of Constantinople continued to practice good stewardship often in the face of persecution, crushing taxation and dire poverty.
Fr. Paul approaches stewardship in light of the Holy Trinity, where it has its origin.
This well-researched and well-written book belongs in the library of every priest, parish and parishioner.
“Charity must show itself for what it truly is — an expression of love; otherwise it is not charity.” (Professor John Barnet) John Barnet is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, where he also teaches courses in New Testament, Old Testament, and biblical Greek. He completed his doctoral studies at Duke […]
“The eucharist, then, is the paradigm for Christian life. As co-rulers with God over all creation, as stewards accountable to God, as persons who have, through baptism, been healed, “we praise, bless, and thank” God for all he has done for us.” (Dr. Paul Meyendorff) Dr. Paul Meyendorff is The Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology […]
“Stewardship is a theologically grounded concept for the Orthodox Christian’s life in spiritual growth toward God-likeness.” (Fr. Stanley Harakas) Father Stanley Samuel Harakas is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is a distinguished teacher of Orthodox theology, and a significant resource in Orthodox ethics. He served as dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Hellenic College […]
“Before Constantine, your stewardship might have meant giving your life; after Constantine, your stewardship consisted of paying your taxes.” (Professor Jaroslav Pelikan) “Stewardship of Money in the Early Church: A Close Reading of Who is the Rich Man that Shall be Saved? by Clement of Alexandria” is the full title of this remarkable and brief […]
“The theological and ethical theme of “righteousness” found throughout Scripture is identified with almsgiving.” (Fr. Michael Prokurat+) Fr. Michael fell asleep in the Lord July 23, 2003. During 33 years of service he was a parish priest, a missionary priest, a chancellor and a trustee of an Orthodox institute. From 1994 until his death he […]
“[Ascetic] detachment is not primarily the inability to focus on things, material or other; it is the spiritual capacity to focus on all things, material and other, without attachment. It is something profoundly spiritual; it is an attitude of life.” (Fr. John Chryssavgis) The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis (born 1 April 1958) is an author and theologian who serves as advisor […]
How and why do Americans in faith traditions practice philanthropy? How does your parish compare?
Fr. Hopko’s contribution to the collection of articles in “Good and Faithful Servant” is a profound articulation in 40 statements with commentary on the origin, the doctrine and the spiritual practice of good stewardship. He elevates the conversation and understanding of stewardship far, far beyond the tedious effort to collect annual pledges each year, which unfortunately is often the minimalistic treatment it receives.
Stewardship as a Way toward Deification: Some Moral and Social Issues in St. Gregory Nazianzen by Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev)
“God calls us to collaboration, synergy: He wants us to share with Him in caring for the needy, the sick and the suffering.” (Hilarion Alfeyev) Metropolitan Hilarion was one of the contributors to the book “Good and Faithful Servant: Stewardship in the Orthodox Christian Church” entitled, “Stewardship as a Way toward Deification: Some Moral and […]
“The strongest motivation for generous giving is the deep spiritual joy that enters everyone associated with the event.” (Anthony Scott) In 2003 St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press published “Good and Faithful Servant: Stewardship in the Orthodox Church.” It is comprised of 12 articles by eminent Orthodox scholars, theologians and historians (and one Associate Chancellor for Advancement who […]
This link transports you to the Stewardship Advocates Pinterest site where the vast and often highly relevant insights of Peter Drucker concerning nonprofits and churches are to be found. He is regarded as the father of management consulting and was a faithful Christian who died reciting the “Our Father” over and over again in German, his native language.
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