Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy
“Today, may we be grateful for this gift, and share it generously in our future, as those who have come before us have handed it on to us.” From Jubilee Prayer, Father Tom Ferguson
1. Effectiveness of the Stewardship Committee
a. The parish has an active Stewardship Committee that nurtures a year-round stewardship education effort. Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure has been part of the Good Shepherd culture for 51 years. Parishioners live Stewardship on a daily basis guided by the pastor, clergy, lay leaders and staff. The principles of Stewardship and leadership are woven seamlessly throughout every ministry and implemented through subsidiarity. While not directed by a specific committee, leadership, formation, and stewardship principles are actively and effectively promoted and implemented through year-round planning, programming, and celebrations reflecting the multicultural aspects and needs of a community united in faith with different language requirements (English and Spanish). The spirituality of Stewardship is intentional in the personal witness and activities of parishioners. Year-round activities, recognition of volunteer efforts, and invitations to pray and share our gifts are included in education and formation leading to fruitful service. Parishioners embrace their role and responsibility to care for the gifts entrusted to us by God and assist others to reach the fullness of faith.
b. The pastor has an active role on the Stewardship Committee. Our pastor, Father Tom Ferguson, is actively engaged in all aspects of stewardship. His prayerfulness, leadership, and example inspire parishioners to share their ideas and talents to promote ministries. Father Tom uses homilies, traditional and social media, and visible presence to convey a model of stewardship that engages and inspires parishioners to consider their contributions of prayer, talents and treasure. For example, on the Feast of the Epiphany, Father Tom’s homily about gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh encourages adults, youth and children to be stewards of God’s gifts. Children are given a gold crown and reminded to be the type of King and steward that Jesus exemplifies: “I came to serve not to be served.”
c. Parish mission statement incorporates a stewardship vision from the Pastoral Letter on Stewardship.
Our Vision and Mission Statements highlight our desire to love as Christ loves and serve as Christ serves encompassing each of the hallmarks of stewardship.
d. The parish stewardship committee has a detailed annual plan with responsibilities on an on-going basis that is formulated with the collaboration and buy-in of other major parish councils.
Annual ministry planning reflects stewardship activities for current and future years and coordinates cross-ministerially. The Budget Report, FY16 contains a message from the pastor, allocation of resources, and frequently asked questions about stewardship.
e. Parish produces an annual report that reflects Stewardship throughout every area of parish life.
The Annual Report, FY15 reflects upon the recent fiscal year and looks forward. This document highlights our “Stewardship Year in Review” and includes key events, prayer, worship, faith formation, service, and hospitality. We demonstrate the parish’s spiritual health and vibrancy by reporting on sacraments, formation, fellowship, and service activities as well as financial reporting.
GSCC Application (Main page)
8. General assessment
9. Supporting Materials