Stewardship at Christ Church
Each fall, we have a stewardship campaign and ask you to make a pledge to Christ Church for the next year. These pledges provide the groundwork for funding all our programs and ministries in the coming year. As much as we are thankful for any gifts given to the church, we cannot use unpledged giving in our planning and budget. That is why pledges are so important.
To understand pledging better as we look forward to our stewardship campaign, we think the following questions and answers might be helpful:
What is a pledge?
A pledge is a commitment to give to Christ Church in the year ahead. The pledge card asks you to think and pray about what you are called to give, and then to communicate that amount by filling out the card. Your pledge helps us figure out what the parish can do and budget for in the year ahead. By giving, we live out our commitment to “work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 856)
Is my pledge a binding contract?
No, a pledge is a statement of intent, not a contract. It’s an estimate of giving, made in good faith. It’s not like paying a tax, membership dues, or a mortgage. If your finances change where you cannot maintain your pledge, just simply advise the church bookkeeper that you wish to modify your pledge. And, if your financial situation improves, increasing your pledge is always available!
How much should I pledge?
That decision is always yours, hopefully after prayerful consideration. It’s helpful to think about your pledge in terms of a proportion or percentage of your annual income. Some people calculate an amount like one hour’s income per week, or one day’s income per month. A chart that shows proportional giving at different income levels is below.
How do I make a pledge?
Pledge cards are mailed to everyone. You can also print one here or submit your pledge electronically. You can return your pledge card via the offering plate on Sunday, at the Church Office, or mail it to the Bookkeeper. Instructions are on the back of the card!
Is my pledge confidential?
Yes, only the church bookkeeper knows the amount of individual pledges. She prepares quarterly statements that are sent to keep people abreast of their giving throughout the year.
If I pledged last year, do I need to fill out a card again?
Yes; we base our budget on the amounts people pledge specifically for the next year, and don’t simply assume your pledge will continue. Filling out a card every year is a way to reflect on your commitment and what you want it to look like in the year ahead.
How do I fulfill my pledge?
You will receive a set of envelopes for checks, which you can drop in the offering plate on Sundays, or mail to the church office. If you’d like to set up electronic bill pay for your pledge, call our bookkeeper to learn how you can do that with your bank.
Here is a chart which shows proportional giving from 2% to 15% monthly. If you would like to use an online calculator to evaluate proportional giving options for your family, please visit: http://www.nacba.net/documents/tithe.htm