The four pillars of parish stewardship — Hospitality, Prayer, Formation and Service — have been heralded as key elements in the process of parish and personal conversion to the facilitation of living stewardship as a way of life.
In establishing the order of importance of the “four pillars,” Bishop Eugene J. Gerber, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita, strongly suggested that Hospitality must be first because, as he said, “you can’t form them unless you first have them in the pews.”
The success of Hospitality is generally measured on the basis of how well the needs of parishioners, young and old, are being met. If those needs are being met and the parishioners are being invited to become involved in providing the needs, serving and being served, a parish will typically witness commitment to and support of the mission of the parish, and the pews will be fuller than they might be otherwise. [Read more…]