One Step Forward.
Last year, many of you dug deep and made big increases in your giving. Some of you made giving pledges for the first time, and some who were already giving generously found a way to give a little more. As a result of that generosity, we were able to grow our church budget by $66,000, or 24%. This let us add full time staff, and make much-needed repairs to our facilities.
We asked for a big leap last year. This year, we’re asking for one step. As we continue to grow, and continue to share our ministry, so too will our expenses. Which is why we have a stewardship campaign every year, to remind ourselves why our commitment to giving puts the church on a strong foundation, lets us spread our ministry, and continue to keep the proverbial (and actual) lights burning.
The goal of giving 10% is an oft-repeated one, and worth striving for. But going from 1% or 2% to 10% is a big leap, and again, not what we’re asking for. If 10% is your goal (be it after tax income, last year’s AGI, however you want to calculate that number), take one step forward towards that goal. Give one percent more. Instead of 2% of your income, give 3%. Next year, you might be able to afford 4%. It lets us all give as we are able. And for those of you already giving that 10%, (some of you are), thank you very, very much.
You can email your pledge for 2018 to Tim Cromer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is a pledge important?
We create the church budget based on your pledges. Those pledges made up 85% of the church’s 2017 income. Your pledges are a vital part of the church’s planning process. The rest of that budget comes from wedding fees, loose offering, faith offering (the part of the budget we take on faith,) and a few other sources.
How many families make a pledge?
Last year we received 84 pledges.
Why can’t I just put money in the plate without making a pledge?
There are actually quite a few members who have a regular history of giving but have never turned in a pledge. We call those history gifts, and if you’ve been giving the same amount for many years, we likely budget for that number. That said, your pledges help the church plan for staging, expenses, and property.
What if I can’t meet my commitment?
Life happens. We understand that, and that’s why no budget is set in stone. Anyone who’s ever made and followed budget has also adjusted that budget. If something happens, you have unforeseen expenses, or for whatever reason you can’t meet your pledge, reach out to the church and let us know you need to revise your pledge.
What does an average pledge look like?
The average pledge for last year was $3,438.
We’ve grouped our 2017 pledges into six categories listed below. We obviously don’t all have the same ability to give, so give as you are able.
The number above each bar shows the average gift for that bracket.
How much should I pledge?
If we received 84 pledges this year, to meet our proposed budget, each pledge would need to average $4,043. That’s $336 a month. This number is of course, an average.
How does the church spend its money?
We’ve included a summary of the proposed budget for 2018. In summary: 63% personnel. 19% Property. 10% Outreach. 8% for everything else. That includes the worship budget, youth, admin, education, membership, fellowship, and stewardship.
How will the budget change from 2017-2018?
We’re hoping to be able to increase the church budget by 13.4% from ’17-’18, or $45,000.