A pledge is simply an estimate of what you expect to give to the church
to support its mission and ministry in the year to come. This enables us to
plan our budget and make careful, purposeful decisions. On a personal level,
pledging helps transform your giving into a spiritual practice, because it
becomes something you do regularly like worship or prayer. By transforming our
giving in a commitment, we reinforce for ourselves that God is a priority in
WHAT DOES THE CHURCH'S OPERATING BUDGET SUPPORT?
The operating budget of the church supports
our mission and ministry including pastoral care, worship and liturgy,
administration and Christian formation.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I PLEDGE? WHAT IS A TITHE?
The tithe is best understood in the context of
giving from our ‘first fruits,’ which is to give our income—first in, first
out—rather than from what’s left over. One standard that Christians have used
for giving from your ‘first fruits’ is the tithe—giving 10% of our income right
off the top. If you don’t feel ready for that level of giving, start with a 5%
modern tithe or proportional giving and work toward increasing it each year
with a spirit of gratitude.
HOW DO I MAKE A PLEDGE?
There are two ways to pledge. 1) Fill out the paper form we mailed to you and mail it back to us. 2) Pledge online here.
HOW DO I PAY MY PLEDGE?
You may pay your pledge at the frequency of your choice (weekly, monthly,
quarterly or annually) by check, credit card, appreciated securities or
tax-free IRA distributions if you meet certain age requirements.
DOES MY PLEDGE REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Yes! St. Andrew's relies almost entirely on your
contribution to support our mission and ministries. Our church family relies on
all of us playing a role. EVERY pledge counts and has a huge impact on the work
we can accomplish together. Thank you for your generosity.
WHAT IF I CAN'T PAY MY PLEDGE?
If the state of your finances change during
the year, and you are unable to meet your pledge, please know that we are truly
grateful for your intention of support. We understand that things change, and
we are here for you. Please let us know how much of your pledge you are able to
fulfill by contacting Mother Mary Lynn, so that we can adjust our records
accordingly. Please know that all conversations are confidential and pastoral
support is available if needed.
WHAT IF I PUT MONEY IN THE OFFERING PLATE? DOES THAT TAKE THE PLACE OF A PLEDGE?
Putting money in the offering plate at weekly
services is a good spiritual discipline that does not take the place of a
pledge. Plate offerings are contributions that we are unable to financially
plan for in support of our mission and budget. During special weekend services
throughout the year, plate offerings support outside ministry efforts.