The Good and Faithful Servant

A year ago, the Office of Parish Development of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched this blog with a goal of inspiring giving from an Orthodox Christian perspective. Since that time, thousands of individuals have visited EveryGoodandPerfectGift.org to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind resource to help individuals and parishes grow the spiritual practice of giving back. One year later, we remain committed to the perspective shared in our inaugural post.

Much of what you will read on this blog will be about raising funds for the Church and charity, and about giving financially for the same. However, please know that we understand the good and faithful servant to be someone who gives not only his money but his entire life back to God.  We are all familiar with the phrase “time, talent, and treasure,” which describes all aspects of our giving back to God.

By focusing on the treasure, we do not suggest gifts of time and talent are any less important. However, our work with Orthodox parishes and organizations around the country has revealed a need to help individuals grow in the practice of freewill financial giving, both to the Church and to those in need through alms.  Why?  Not because churches need money, really, but first and foremost because giving of our treasures is a spiritual discipline that brings us closer to God. 

With this perspective in mind, here is what you can expect to read on this blog:

  • Testimonies from people who are practicing sacrificial stewardship;
  • Practical advice about cultivating giving in the parish context;
  • Inspiring words from Scripture, writings of Holy Fathers, and the lives of the Saints about stewardship and almsgiving; and
  • Outreach projects to those in need and how they are funded.

We welcome you to join us in this effort!  How?

  • Share your giving story with us.
  • Suggest future blog topics and guest authors.
  • Dialogue with other readers by commenting on our posts.
  • Use our resources to enrich the stewardship program at your own parish.

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Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master. Matthew 25:21

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