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What is Stewardship?


According to the 1992 U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter, Stewardship: A Disciple's Response a steward is defined as a disciple of Jesus who "receives God's gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others and returns them with increase to the Lord.” True stewardship is proactive, not reactive. It is a call to both a deepening conversion, and a stronger commitment to following Jesus as his disciple.

Christian stewardship truly is a way of life. The disciple becomes motivated to share his/her time, talent and treasure with the Church and others from a deep sense of gratitude and in a planned, proportionate and sacrificial manner. And, when we take the first steps on the journey to full Christian stewardship, we find that it is a liberating experience. We experience the joy of sharing with God, the fruits of the many blessings he has showered upon us.

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus specifically talks about how God wants us to live our lives as his disciples, to help build God's Kingdom. Scripture talks about what we should be doing with the gifts that God has given us. Stewardship and its twin, discipleship, are based on Jesus’ challenge to live as God has planned and our need to give out of gratitude to our most generous God, not on the church’s need to receive.

Some Idaho parishes, on a voluntary basis, have incorporated stewardship as a significant element of their identity. Stewardship is not another task for the pastor. It is just the opposite. It is a task primarily for the parishioners - young and old - an opportunity for them to take responsibility for this vital process in support of their parish and their pastor. At its core, stewardship involves a conversion of the individual’s heart resulting in deeper knowledge of how God wishes His people to use the various gifts He has given them.

Cultivating stewardship as a way of life is a long term individual and parish journey that the Diocese has an obligation to assist with along the way. With that in mind, The Stewardship Council of the Diocese of Boise sets forth the following expectations or goals that all diocesan and parish leadership are asked to accept in order to accomplish a deeper and fuller acceptance of the teachings and practices of stewardship throughout the diocese.

The Diocese of Boise leadership, including the Bishop, Curia, Presbyteral Council, Diocesan educational and departmental staff, stewardship and development staff, consultative and advisory bodies will strive to:

  • affirm and promote stewardship as a significant priority of this diocese

  • seek ways to integrate the teaching and practices of stewardship within their areas of responsibility

  • sponsor stewardship educational opportunities for diocesan and parish leaders and all Church membership

  • incorporate stewardship teachings, principles and practices into fund-raising, volunteer recruitment, budgetary decisions and statements of accountability




The promotion of the practice of stewardship is important for the mission of the Church and for the spiritual well-being of each individual Christian. Everyone benefits from the sacrificial gift one makes of his time, talent, and treasure." (Mt 28: 19-20).     -Pope Benedict XVI

Stewardship Initiative of the Diocese

The growth of the Church in Idaho presents both new opportunities and new challenges. The number of Catholic worshipers in Idaho is increasing, the demand for services is increasing but the number of priests and religious are decreasing. The good news is that the number of laity being prepared for parish pastoral support for stewardship and leadership roles has never been greater. The Diocese of Boise believes that stewardship is a diocesan priority, sees it as a necessary positive response to these circumstances and is committed over the long term to promote its teachings and practices through all available means.


Encouraging and Supporting Parish Stewardship


To further the Diocesan Stewardship Initiative each parish of the Diocese of Boise is encouraged to:

  • provide spiritual growth opportunities designed to increase parishioners’ continuing conversion experience

  • establish stewardship as a parish priority and commit to its long term success

  • establish a parish stewardship initiative that is committed to the foregoing definition, principles and these goals.

  • foster year-around stewardship education

  • conduct annual parish appeals of time, talent and treasure with the goal of achieving full participation of its membership

  • to the extent possible, encourage parish attendance at the International Catholic Stewardship Council’s annual conference, Regional ICSC conferences, the annual Diocese of Boise Idaho Catholic Congress, and annual Stewardship Day conferences.


Parish Stewardship Renewal Resources


Below are materials to implement a stewardship process in your parish. All the items below can be downloaded and printed at your convenience to help engage each parish family member in a stewardship way of life. From the novice to the experienced stewardship team, you should find something to help you in your endeavor. For one-on-one help, parish visits, or you need any help along the way or to receive Publisher or Word Documents of any PDF, please contact the Development Office at 208-342-1311 or

Stewardship Manual in Book Form


Stewardship Manual Broken Out by Chapter for Convenience


What is Christian Stewardship?

Spirituality of Stewardship

A Summary of the 1992 U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter-Stewardship: A Disciple's Response

The Words of Stewardship

Parish Stewardship Renewal Overview

Stewardship Ministers Step 1A

Stewardship Council

Process Outline Step 1B

Communicating the Message Step 2

Demographic Considerations Step 3

Parish Evaluation Step 4

Hospitality Step 5

Stewardship Council Annual Plan

Stewardship Council Renewal Schedule

Follow Up Step 6

Stewardship for Youth and Children Step 7


Stewardship Renewal Resources


Do’s and Don’ts for Stewardship Success

Pastor’s Letter

Sample Pastor’s Letter

Homily ~ What’s Important to Communicate

Sample Pulpit Announcements

Purpose of Time and Talent Ministry Fair

Tips for a Successful Ministry Fair

Role of the Adult Lay Witness

Lay Witness Script Questionnaire

Lay Witness Do’s and Don’ts

Sample Lay Witness Talks

Youth and Children as Lay Witnesses

Sample Questions for Children Lay Witness Interview

Lay Witness Talk Outline – Hospitality

Lay Witness Talk Outline – Prayer

Lay Witness Talk Outline – Formation

Lay Witness Talk Outline – Service

Commitment Forms

Pledge Card ~ Bilingual

Pledge Card ~ English

Time and Talent Ministry Book ~ Bilingual

Time and Talent Ministry Book ~ English

Time and Talent Forms ~ Bilingual

Time and Talent Forms ~ English

“Thank You” Notes

Sample Thank You Letter

Diocesan Stewardship Prayer

Prayers of the Faithful

Sample Phone Script

Scripture References

Parish Stewardship Assessment Guide

My Catholic Giving Guide


Annual Report


Sample 1 Annual Stewardship Report

Sample 2 Annual Stewardship Report



Alex Flores

Alex Flores

Database Management Specialist




Margaret Hampton

Margaret Hampton

Development Coordinator




Diocesan Pastoral Center

FAX: (208) 342-0224

1501 S. FEDERAL WAY, SUITE 400, BOISE, ID 83705

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