Stewardship and Membership at St.
Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church
Saint Vasilios, like most parishes in
the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, depends on the stewardship of its
parishioners to sustain the ministry of our church. While some equate
membership and stewardship with financial pledges, there is more to
stewardship than this.
The concept of stewardship comes
to us from the Bible and from our theology. As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good
stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10). The idea stems from
our understanding that every good thing in life is ultimately a gift of
God. Our health, time, talents and material resources are blessings
bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father. With this in mind, we believe
that as stewards of God’s blessings, we are called to lovingly
share a portion of them to build-up His Church and serve His people.
Having said this, in order to meet
our financial obligations and to allow for proper planning and budgeting,
our parish relies on our annual Stewardship Pledge Program. The
pledge program is described in our parish by laws as follows: A family
or individual shall be considered a ‘Steward in Good Standing’ when a
filled out and signed Stewardship form has been submitted for the current
year, the prior year’s Stewardship commitment has been fulfilled, and is
either a Baptized or Confirmed Orthodox Christian.
The absence of any one of the three above criteria nullifies the
parishioner’s right to vote at General Assembly Meetings. There is no
minimum nor maximum dollar amount required in pledging. However,
parishioners are encouraged to contribute to the church as generously as
Stewardship Pledge Form
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