FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 Ric 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.
If you have additional questions contact, Kevin Hart, Finance Chair, or Ted Gladhill, Financial Secretary.