Giving Back to God (Stewardship)


Stewardship is recognizing that all that we have is a gift from God, including our time, our money, and our “stuff.” As Christians, we are called to offer back to God that which is already God’s through the spiritual discipline of stewardship. Financially, we believe that the biblical example of tithing (giving 10% of your income) is an important way to rely on God in your life to provide. We know that this is difficult for most people and is a goal that we should all strive for. However you give back to God is up to you and God.

  • Stewardship Campaign: St. Nicholas’ budget is most made up of pledges by the congregation. In the fall, pledge cards are sent out to encourage you to pray about what God is calling you to give. We rejoice in any gifts, no matter what they are! The budget is then put together by the Finance Committee, who are the regular stewards of our financial gifts throughout the year, and the Vestry votes to approve that budget. Throughout this whole process, we pray that God guides us to use these resources in the right way, always keeping in mind God’s mission for us in this time and place. Our programs, utilities, salaries, supplies and all come from this process of stewardship. You can pledge at any time, or can contribute without pledging. We give thanks to God for our many blessings and celebrate God’s work in this place.
  • Time & Talent: Stewardship is not just about money. We are all called to be ministers of St. Nicholas and of God. We come to church on Sunday so that we go out into the world to spread God’s message of love. God has given each one of us gifts to be used to spread that love. There are no ends to such gifts and we are only limited by our imaginations. If you have gifts that fit into our existing programs and ministries, we urge you to use them there. If you have a call to use your gifts in a way that’s new to St. Nicholas, we encourage you to use them. We are thankful for all our volunteers and seek to find ways to encourage them as our work here at St. Nicholas and in the world is all a part of our spirituality. If you don’t know what your gifts are, please come talk to Fr. Jeff.
  • Finance Committee: We have specific stewards that meet monthly to review our budget and make recommendations to the Vestry on financial matters. While finance can be a typically business matter, the Finance Committee sees their role as a spiritual one, tending to the important gifts God has given us and allocating them according to the mission and vision God has given us. The Finance Committee consists of Tom Cheatham, chair, Dorothy Webster, administrator, Gene Demonet, Senior Warden, Dave Halmrast, Valerie Hogg, and Fr. Jeff.

If you would like to give back to God by contributing your time, talent, or treasure to St. Nicholas, please contact us at contact@stnicholashamilton.org.