1. Introduce Yourself
While many of your fellow parishioners will know you, some may not. Give a description of your family, the number of years in the parish, etc. TIP: Don’t use the line, “For those of you who haven’t met me, let me introduce myself.” This sounds arrogant. Instead, say, “For those of you who I haven’t yet met, let me introduce myself.”
2. Properly Define Christian Stewardship
It is a response we make in gratitude to God for what He has given to us. It is an intentional, planned, proportionate giving of our time, talents, and treasure.
3. Discuss How You Began Practicing Stewardship
When did you first become aware of the concept? Did you have reservations? Be honest about your first reactions. People will relate to any feelings of discomfort. How did your family react to the idea? Was the initial “plunge” difficult? How did you go about it?
4. When Did You Begin to Experience the Benefits?
Speak of the effect that Stewardship has had on your faith life. Use anecdotes from your own family life if possible. How do you and your family give your time and talent? Were you able to give full tithe (10%) right away? If not, how are you working toward that goal?
5. Urge your Fellow Parishioners to get Involved
Invite the congregation to join you and your family in making your parish a Stewardship parish. Ask them to look at all God has given to them and make a generous response to His many gifts.