Father Richard Aguilar has been a stewardship consultant to parishes and past
member of Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Stewardship and
Development. In 2011 St. Margaret's & San Francisco de Asís in Miami Lakes
will engage in a year-round process of Stewardship. These include teachings on:
Annual Giving of Stewardship---Pledges and Sunday offerings
Capital Giving of Stewardship---Contributions to Property & Facilities
Legacy Giving of Stewardship---Including the church in one's will
Missionary Giving of Stewardship---Be pray-ers, send-ers, & go-ers to the world
Appointed Stewardship Council will work with Vestry and Priest with the above
vision of Stewardship in all four areas. Council will imagine and create a
comprehensive plan to include all parishioners in the stewardship of the church.
Communication will entire community will take place in an honest and hopeful
conversation. Every parishioner will be given the chance to give to their church.
All ideas will be considered and unique forms of fund-raising will be sought.
Proven events such as parish picnic, BBQ on church grounds, Lenten Seder, and
High Tea will be principal opportunities for revenue. Ministry groups will be
encouraged to find ways to raise money for mission of the Church.
There will be a thorough review of income statements and balance sheets every two
weeks by priest, office manager and treasurer. A report will be made to vestry each
month with the goal of finding solutions. As in the recent past, both the
expenditure and revenue sides of budget will be examined. There remain
additional parts of the budget where consolidation and even subtraction may take
place. For example, in 2010 a part-time secretary was no longer employed. A
volunteer office manager (retired OB-GYN) was appointed and church volunteers
assist each week with administrative tasks. While our budget does not have much
fat: there may be more to trim in order to direct resources toward ministry for
This plan will be fleshed out in coming weeks with a foundation that is Biblical,
theological, practical and spiritual. Our hope is to inspire our community that
“Stewardship is the Main work of the Church.” Praise God!