Developing Stewardship in Catholic Parishes
“Most parishes do not know where to begin. It takes commitment — on the part of the pastor and on the part of the staff — and CSC knows how to bring a parish from the very beginning, from Ground Zero, to live stewardship as a way of life.”
Msgr. Mbinda, Pastor, St. John Apostle and Evangelist, Mililani, HI
“By promoting stewardship as a way of life with the support of CSC, we have seen more parishioners making concrete commitments to growth in discipleship, through prayer, parish involvement and in their giving.”
Fr. Gary Kastl, Pastor, St. Anne, Broken Arrow, OK
“Through working with CSC, I have seen a tremendous increase in parish involvement, and I have heard people say that their spiritual life and prayer life have vastly improved in the very first year. I value CSC’s expertise and their guidance. I would encourage any parish to use CSC because they will get and see results in their parish.”
Fr. Michael Troha, Pastor, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Cleveland, OH
“It’s as if we have an entire team of people who work right in our office. For years we struggled to put together things like the newsletter, and it was always a hassle. With CSC, the articles are great, the newsletter looks beautiful, and best of all, I didn’t have to do it.”
Fr. Doug Halsema, Pastor, St. Paul, Pensacola, FL
“Since working with CSC, I’ve seen a good number of people who have stepped forward to get engaged in ministries who have not done so in the past. I’ve also seen people who are already engaged becoming more engaged, or doing more things. I think there’s a good spirit of energy that’s brought to the parish as a whole.”
Fr. Don Blaeser, O.F.M., Pastor, St. Francis Solanus, Quincy, IL
“CSC gives us the tools, not only with best practices, with what has worked nationwide, but also how we can tailor that to the particularities of our community.”
Fr. Jack Gleason, Church of St. Mary, Tulsa, OK
“CSC is not helping us do a program here. They are helping us live the spirituality of stewardship. As a pastor, that’s what drew me to work with them.”
Fr. Dave Zimmer, Pastor, St. John the Apostle, Minot, ND
"CSC provides accountability and focus for the stewardship efforts of our parish; continually moving us forward on our stewardship journey and helping us become better disciples of Christ."
Bill Siebers, Stewardship Chair, St. Peter, Quincy, IL
“Since we began working with Catholic Stewardship Consultants, we have had a huge increase in the number of our volunteers, and also the obvious increase in financial support. As far as prayer goes, tons of people now go to our adoration chapel, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Lakme Kodros, Pastoral Associate for Parish Life & Stewardship, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Cincinnati, OH
“If we had went out on this adventure on our own, we’d be wandering through the desert! CSC helps set the foundation without reinventing the wheel. CSC has shown us what works and how to implement it. They’ve shown us how to create disciples and get people to understand stewardship.”
Michelle Christian, Stewardship Chair, Catholic Community of Stillwater, OK
“CSC keeps us focused on our timelines while still supporting a high degree of customization for our particular wants and needs. In three years we have not missed a target date, be it for a monthly newsletter, a parish retreat, or the entire annual stewardship renewal process. That discipline is critical for parish stewardship to continue to grow.”
Fr. Peter Richards, Pastor, St. Michael, St. Michael, MN
“Catholic Stewardship Consultants is the only organization I have found that truly understands the spirituality of Stewardship. In my work with them I have been deeply impressed with their commitment to the Church. We share the same vision of Stewardship — not as a campaign or program, but as a way of life. In their work with parishes, Catholic Stewardship Consultants uses the same approach I used at St. Francis of Assisi.”
Msgr. Thomas McGread, The Late Stewardship Pioneer and Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita, KS
Our clients have seen parish life transformed as they emphasize stewardship. Pastors report both spiritual and tangible results — a growing sense of community, improved Giving (Offertory; Bequests; One-Time Gifts; etc.) figures, and increased ministry involvement.
Our approach is not built on short-term fundraising strategies, but rather on continuing spiritual conversion that will last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Over the last 18 years, we have worked with nearly every type of parish — large parishes, small parishes, wealthy ones, those on a shoestring budget, bi-lingual and tri-lingual parishes, those familiar with the concept of stewardship, those for which it was a radically new concept — not to mention everything in between. Despite these differences from parish to parish, it seems that pastors and lay leaders are curious about the same things.
Because of this, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions that are likely to answer some of your own questions, too.