While some churches have a stewardship campaign every year, Faith Church has a Generosity Campaign, during which we celebrate what we have and what we are able to give. Your generosity to Faith Church is a critical part of helping us to live into our vision of being a beacon of Christ's love, hope, and grace in the community.
Thank you for your generosity to the ministries of Faith Church for the new July 2021–June 2022 program year! The Generosity season is over, but you can still pledge a portion of your income to Faith Church, using the materials below.
Downloadable Pledge Card (PDF)
FaithOnline is an easy way to managing your regular, recurring or one-time giving. This is the recommended method of giving.
As an alternative, you can mail your regular tithe and offerings to the church, or put your regular tithe and offerings in the offering baskets on Sundays once we are gathering again in person.
Here are some other ways to help you make your giving a priority:
- Online banking: Send consistent amounts directly from your bank account through your bank’s online banking website. There is no processing fee for the church, and many banks offer this service at no charge to you. Check the website for your bank for details.
- Electronic Funds Transfer: EFT allows the church to withdraw your designated amounts at selected intervals directly from your bank account. There is no processing fee for the church, and many banks offer this service at no charge to you. Contact the office for a form.
- Payroll Deduction: Many employers with direct deposit allow you to divide your paycheck among several accounts. You can designate Faith Church and send a specified amount to the church for each pay period. Contact the church office for account numbers.
Many employers provide programs to match employee donations toward qualifying charitable programs. Participating in these programs essentially doubles your gift. Ask your benefits coordinator or HR representative if your employer provides matching gifts, so you can maximize the benefit of your gift to Faith!
While it’s true that these matching funds usually cannot be used for proselytization or religious activities (worship, for example), several programs and missions at Faith qualify for such contributions.
Other Ways to Give
In addition to supporting the general budget with regular tithes and offerings, you can also give in the following ways, many of which allow for tax deductions:
- Donate appreciated stock or securities
- Name Faith Church in your estate plans
- Donate personal property as a gift-in-kind
- Have your IRA minimum required distributions (RMDs) sent directly to Faith Church
- Establish a donor-advised fund from which your pledge and other donations can be made
Below are links to more information about non-cash giving and taxes:
Giving to the church is a grateful response to God’s love in our lives, but pledging can be stressful for some, especially during these uncertain times. We address some concerns that have been raised about pledging, which we hope will alleviate some stress.
What’s the point of pledging? Isn’t it the same thing to put money in the offering basket on Sundays?
We ask people to pledge for two reasons. Practically speaking, the finance team can more easily and accurately plan next year’s budget when we know approximately what to expect in income. Spiritually speaking, and more importantly, your process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then making a commitment to serve God with your financial gifts is an act of worship and an expression of gratitude. Growing in generosity takes intentional commitment, writing down your commitment and turning it in is an act of discipleship.
How much should I pledge?
The Bible asks us to give the first 10% of our harvest (or our paychecks!) to God’s work in the world. That may seem like an overwhelming amount, but we encourage you to think of it as a goal to work toward, instead of a mandate. Set aside what percentage of your income you can this year and increase as you can until you reach or surpass the biblical tithe, giving away 10% or more.
What happens if I can’t fulfill my commitment?
You are welcome to increase or decrease your commitment as you need to during the year as your circumstances change. The important thing now is simply to make a commitment, but this is not a contractual obligation. Don’t let your inability to give financially keep you from participating fully in our congregation.
If you are in need and the church can help you, please let Pastor Elizabeth know.
Who will see my commitment card?
Your commitment card will be held in the strictest confidence by our financial secretary, Ted Gladhill, and Pastor Elizabeth. Ted will use this information to help our finance team understand the church’s anticipated income for the year and to keep you informed about your own giving via FaithOnline. Pastor Elizabeth will access this information only to pray for you and give thanks for your generosity. Your commitment helps her to know where you are on the journey of discipleship, which will help her to be a better pastor to you.