The Department of Stewardship has adopted as its mission helping parishes develop an understanding of Stewardship in the context of Orthodox Christian scriptural teachings and traditions. From this exploration of Stewardship's true meaning, parishes are supported and guided in their quest to incorporate Stewardship into every aspect of parish life.
51st Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Convention
July 21-28, 2013 ... Houston, Texas
The Department of Stewardship has worked on the projects and initiatives detailed below since it last reported to the General Assembly during the 50th Archdiocese Convention in Chicago, Illinois in July, 2011. The Department expresses its continuing thanks and appreciation to Metropolitan Philip for his love, guidance, and leadership. We also wish to also express thanks to our Auxiliary Bishops for their support and for the encouragement they provide as we reach out to parishes throughout the Archdiocese. We pray God will grant our beloved hierarchs many years of good health as they shepherd our Antiochian Archdiocese.
The Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Stewardship's Chair Ronald Nicola taught high school social studies and served as a vice-principal for many years. A California native, he grew up attending St. Nicholas Church in San Francisco. He and his family have been members of St. John the Evangelist Orthodox Church in Orinda, California since its founding in 1978.
Ron has been active in many ministries of the Archdiocese, from SOYO to parish council to a twenty-year period of service on the Board of Trustees. Through these experiences, he developed an interest in Christian stewardship and the Scriptural teachings that guide the faithful in their offerings of time, talents, and treasure. Recently, the Department of Stewardship added two substantial resources to the web: The Fifty-Two Week Parish Giving Campaign, and the Parish Council Guidebook. The department is also responsible for the upcoming Parish Council Symposium in November.
Antiochian.org spoke with Ron about the ministry of the Antiochian Archdiocese's Department of Stewardship.
1. What is the Department of Stewardship—when was it founded, and why?
Metropolitan Philip established the Department of Stewardship in 1975 and he appointed the late Ernest Saykaly of Montreal, Quebec, as its first chairperson.
The Department of Stewardship highlights two new online sections dedicated to strengthening our parish communities.
52-Week Giving Campaign: The Campaign is a program led by the Parish Council, based on scriptural and church teachings, and not focused on the parish’s financial condition. Councils can study this Fifty-Two Week model, and then either implement the full program as outlined (a year-long teaching process) or adapt portions of the program to local parish realities. Includes a range of supporting articles.
Parish Council Guidebook: A guide to conducting the work of the Parish Council in a manner consistent with Orthodox Christian teachings and traditions. This manual is a resource for instructing Parish Councils on their lay ministry, and training new Parish Council Members. Includes supporting articles from Metropolitan Philip and Archbishop Joseph.