As each one has received a special gift,
employ it in serving one another as good stewards
of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10
Welcome to the Stewardship and Development office of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Our mission is one of service to the parishes and ministries of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Under the guidance of Archbishop Coakley, we seek to empower individuals to utilize their God given gifts (time, talent, and treasure) in service to others. We seek to Go Make Disciples.
At its core, Christian Stewardship is about the concept that all we have – everything – is a gift from God to us. The gift of time, of talent, of financial resources, all of these come from God and we seek to give back God’s gifts with abundance.
Every diocese, parish, school, and ministry must secure the resources necessary to fulfill its mission. The Office of Stewardship and Development seeks to help fulfill the Go Make Disciples mission of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City by promoting a culture of stewardship in local parish communities and to support best practices in development efforts in schools and other ministries.
The office assists in fulfilling the mission of the Church by encouraging all of the faithful to care for others and share with them the resources entrusted to them by God. In addition to a four person staff, the Pastors Advisory Committee (PAC) provides oversite and guidance for all stewardship and development activities in the archdiocese.
The office coordinates the Assembly of Catholic Professionals to build networks between Archbishop Coakley and his senior staff and business and professional leaders in the archdiocese who seek to build up the Church in Central and Western Oklahoma.
Annual fundraising programs include the Annual Catholic Appeal, Celebrating Catholic Education Breakfast, Catholic Communications and Seminarian Education.
In early 2017, the archdiocese launched a Feasibility and Planning study process which will lead to the first ever capital fundraising campaign in the archdiocese. The study will conclude in June 2017 with the organization and planning phase of the campaign to begin in July 2017. This comprehensive archdiocesan effort will include a local campaign in every parish and mission church of the archdiocese conducted in blocks (groups of churches) from July 2017 to June 2019.
The book, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response http://www.usccb.org/upload/stewardship-disciples-response-10th-anniversary.pdf is the pastoral letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The first line of the book says “Once one chooses to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, Stewardship is not an option.” This is a challenge for each of us as we seek to come closer to Christ and his Church.
The bishops describe a Christian stewards as one who:
Everything we have, everything we are, and everything we will become is a gift from God. As stewards of those gifts, we are called to return a portion of our time, talent and treasure in gratitude for God’s great bounty.