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1 The Do’s & Don’ts of Stewardship Implementation in the Parish: Sts. Simon & Jude Case History How to Implement Stewardship and Prepare for Inevitable Obstacles Michael Harvey, OFM Pastor John Hazlin, Past Stewardship Board Chair April 26, 2007

2 Presentation Outline 5 Key Processes I. Plan II. Act III. Implement IV. Anticipate V. Evaluate

3 Recommendations on Getting Started I. Plan II. Act III. Implement IV. Anticipate V. Evaluate

4 Pastor Support Don’t even think about it if the Pastor isn’t the “champion.” Plan

5 Leadership Team Selection Handpick the leadership team and the team leader. Picking the right people is critical Spirituality Collegiality Consensus builders God will provide Plan

6 Aim for Conversion Focus on how to change hearts, not on delivering a message. Stewardship is Caught…. Not Taught Plan

7 Define Stewardship The Pastor must define Stewardship at the outset. (even if the team redefines it later) Plan

8 Create Bylaws Limit politics by setting up ground rules at the start. 1. Vision of Stewardship 2. Purpose of the Stewardship Board: 3. Goal: 4. Objectives: 5. Members of the Board 6. The Chair of the Board: 7. The Vice-Chair of the Board: 8. The recording secretary: 9. Meetings: 10. Amending these by-laws: Plan

9 Don’t Go Too Fast Build in time for Stewardship study. (It will take up to 6 months.) Plan

10 Study Stewardship Look to the Diocese and other U.S. parishes to train your leaders. (This can cut learning time up to 3 months). Plan

11 Develop Witness Talks Invite all leadership team members to write and deliver a witness talk to the other team members. Plan

12 Don’t Reinvent the Wheel Use programs, plans, materials and study programs available from the Diocese and other U.S. parishes. Other Resources: Debbie Leaverton – Diocesan of Orange Leisa Anslinger – Immaculate Heart of Mary – Cincinnati, OH Sharon Hueckel – Our Lady of the Assumption– Claremont, CA Plan

13 Formalize Communication Requirements Establish at the outset the need for approval by the Pastor of all formal messages to the Parish. Plan

14 Own Stewardship The Team must agree a language with which they are comfortable. For example: a definition a prayer a slogan key tenants and/ or other written formats that invite ownership. Plan

15 “Pray, Care & Share with SSJ” “Pray” First spend time with God “Care” This is my commandment, that you love one another John 15:12 “Share” Move beyond faith to action “with SSJ” Stewardship is an effort by and for the Body of Christ

16 Build Community within the Board Learn fellow Board members unique gifts Nurture and support the hard work of the “Team” Trust is essential for understanding Plan

17 Create a Written Plan Expect the Leadership Team to write: Goals Objectives and Strategies (Allow 2-3 months) Plan

18 Establish Working Teams Assign each person to a Working Team responsible for a specific area of Stewardship planning Plan

19 Tie in dates to the Parish Calendar Avoid conflicts Anticipate the timing of future events with an eye on the Church calendar Take advantage of obvious Stewardship themes: Advent preparation Lenten reflection Pentecost –recognition of talents Plan

20 Delegate Tactics Creation Expect each Working Team to write tactics that deliver agreed upon strategies (Allow 1-2 months) Plan

21 Empower the Leadership Team When you see they’re ready, charge them with the responsibility. Plan

22 Recruit More People Recruit & train additional Stewardship leaders before you begin implementing Plan

23 Embrace Stewardship If you’re ready for Stewardship, make it clear to all that it is the core of all messages and events. Plan

24 Stewardship Education is a Multi-Year Process Year IYear IIYear III Critical Success Factors Committed Leadership Spiritual Foundation Sense of Community Leadership from within the Parish Level of Community Ownership “I understand” “I agree” “I am committed and take responsibility”

25 Plan for the Long-Term Acknowledge at the outset that creating Stewardship is a long-term process Plan

26 Recommendations on Getting Started I. Plan II. Act III. Implement IV. Anticipate V. Evaluate

27 “Name it and Claim it” Point out many examples of Stewardship that already happen in the Parish. Act

28 Don’t Go Too Slow “The Stewardship message is urgent;” The leaders you’ve chosen will respond, if you expect it. Act

29 Tell Them it’s Stewardship Identify messages as “Stewardship” as they naturally occur in homilies, music, and other aspects of liturgy. Act

30 Don’t Tell Them that It’s Stewardship Gain acceptance by tailoring the message to the audience and the occasion. You don’t have to use the word “Stewardship.” Act

31 Witness Stewardship Include witness talks in Stewardship presentations and events, whenever possible. Act

32 Ground All Activities with Prayer Make prayer an integral part of all you do. Start every meeting with a reading from Scripture; Make time for spiritual reflection Trust in God to give you direction. Act

33 Recruit Parish Leaders First Start with those who lead ministries & boards or who already lead by example Act

34 Don’t Start with Money Stewardship is much more than money; Don’t poison the well. “Concentrating on one specific obligation of Stewardship, even one as important as church support, could make it harder – even impossible – for people to grasp the vision” Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response Act

35 Don’t Over Control If you know everything that’s going on, then it’s not working. Act

36 Facilitate Cross Communication Empower Stewardship to infiltrate all aspects of parish life. Make it clear to parish leaders that that is the expectation. Act

37 Recommendations on Getting Started I. Plan II. Act III. Implement IV. Anticipate V. Evaluate

38 Homilies/Homilies/Homilies Compose a comprehensive Stewardship message and deliver it over and over and over. Implement

39 Kick off with a 3 Week Formation Program Work toward a 3 week formation program that will speak to the people in the back of the Church. Implement

40 SSJ 3 Week Faith Formation Program May 1 –May 18, Week Program Goal Expose all active Parishioners to the basic message of Stewardship as a way of life. Week 1 Theme: Stewardship: A Spirituality for our Times Mass Homily: “Jesus calls us to Stewardship” Tuesday night: Responding to 21 st Century challenges of Christianity Week 2 (Mother’s Day) Theme: The Stewardship of Parenting Witness talk: “Responding in Gratitude, a Mother’s Example” Tuesday night: Bringing Stewardship home for the kids Week 3 –Parish Mission (Sharon Hueckel) Mission Theme: Increasing personal spirituality Mass Homily: Naming and Claiming: Recognizing the Stewardship in our daily lives Sunday night:Stewardship: Responding in Love Monday night:Modeling Stewardship for our Children Tuesday night:Parish Formation: Stewardship “with SSJ”

41 Make a One Day Program the Centerpiece Borrow or develop a One Day Stewardship Spirituality Program that goes beyond knowledge to facilitate a change of heart. Offer multiple Saturdays. Make this the centerpiece of all Stewardship education Implement

42 One Day Agenda – Stewardship Spirituality TOPIC ACTIVITY 8:45 AM Registration 9:00 AM Overview/ Readings 9:15 AMStewardship Overview –Fr. Michael 9:30 AM“How have I been called?” Witness Talk 9:45 AM“The Call” Readings & Table Discussion 10:45 AM“Jesus Way” Readings & Table Discussion 11:30 AM Lunch and Walk with a friend 12:15 PM“Stewardship in Daily Life” Witness Talk 12:30 PM“Living As Steward” Readings & Reflection on Time Use 1:15 PM“Stewards of the Church” Readings & Reflection on Talents 2:30 PM“The Challenge & The Choice” Readings & Room Discussion 3:15 PMSummary 3:30 PM Depart

43 Day of Study –Personal Time Analysis

44 Day of Study –Personal Talent Analysis

45 Condense the Message Once the One Day program is firmly in place, create a half day alternate Requires less time Still creates an environment for spirituality to blossom. Implement

46 Presentation Outline 5 Key Processes I. Plan II. Act III. Implement IV. Anticipate V. Evaluate

47 Stewardship Is Misunderstood Decide before you start on how to deal with the misconception that Stewardship is “a creation of the Bishop to increase the collection.” Anticipate

48 People Are Over Involved Active parishioners Over involved in Church and have no time for Stewardship. Inactive parishioners Over involved in life and have no time for Stewardship. Anticipate

49 Conflicts of Schedule The Pastor has to set priorities, with help from the Pastoral Council. Anticipate

50 Fishermen & Tax Collectors Empower people to write plans. Most people aren’t professional planners and don’t think they can do it. Anticipate

51 Conflicts of Turf The Pastor has to smooth the way; Stewardship leaders must be diplomatic and ready to back off. Anticipate

52 Followers Not Leaders Expect people to take action Most will tell you that they aren’t ready because they don’t yet understand the Stewardship message. Anticipate

53 Make It Easy to Bow Out Make it easy for people to graciously exit if they don’t have the time or aren’t contributing. Anticipate

54 We Are Slow to Learn It will take longer than you imagine for any individual to feel comfortable with the message. Anticipate

55 You Need More Volunteers Avoid burnout by inviting people early on to share the workload. Anticipate

56 Recommendations on Getting Started I. Plan II. Act III. Implement IV. Anticipate V. Evaluate

57 Measure by Objectives Review your objectives regularly to see how you are doing. Evaluate

58 Tabulate Written Feedback Hard numbers can help you gauge how Stewardship is progressing and to identify changes needed. Evaluate

59 Pray, Care & Share with SSJ


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