Why are you here? Why have you and your Parish been given so many gifts, talents, resources and abilities? If you want to learn what stewardship truly is and how to change the stewardship paradigm and substantially improve the results in your church, faith-based organization and your life, you have come to the right place. On this website, I hope to ignite the flame of true Christian stewardship and provide helpful tools, resources and information for you and your Parish to be better stewards of all of God’s gifts.
A Parish that practices true Christian Stewardship is on fire and can achieve the unimaginable and experience no financial or operational challenges as it strives to emulate the kingdom of God. It is the challenge of every Priest and Parish leader to ensure that his or her Parish practices true Christian stewardship and gives every parishioner the opportunity to maximize his or her commitment of time, talent, treasures and tithes for God’s work and to fulfill their own stewardship calling.
Yet many Christian church and faith-based communities report pressures and issues with finances (income and expenses), participation, time commitments, competition, confusion over mission/vision, attendance and engagement of their parishioners in ministries and the life of the church. These are often complex challenges and require wholistic solutions adapting proven techniques and methodologies to the unique circumstances of Christian organizations. This website is devoted to providing those practical and comprehensive solutions. However, the first step is always to understand why we exist.
Indeed, Mark Twain once said: “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.” My Christian faith teaches me that the answer to the question, “why am I here?” is simply to live God’s calling for you. And if everyone lives their stewardship callings through their church community, their Parish can better live its stewardship calling and there is no end to what will be accomplished.
Socrates also got it right when he once said: “You cannot teach adults new things. You can merely create the environment where they discover the truth for themselves.” So let’s get started creating that environment where you will discover the truth about your, and your church’s, stewardship calling.
My name is Bill Marianes. By vocation, I am a lawyer, but please don’t hold that against me. By calling, I am a stewardship evangelist. In other words, my “why” is to help individuals and churches discover and live their stewardship callings and implement true stewardship in their lives, churches and faith-based communities. And to be clear, by stewardship, I do not just mean giving money (although that is one piece of the puzzle).
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