What is a pledge?
A pledge is a statement of intent to give. Your pledge amount may be changed, increased or decreased during the year, at any time as your financial circumstances change.
Why should I pledge?
Pledging is a spiritual practice that acknowledges your relationship of gratefulness to God. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values. Receiving your pledge allows our Vestry, the church’s governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: plan wisely for the use our resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Vestry sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to the church. While plate offerings are important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish.
How do I pledge?
While our annual giving campaign is held in the fall, pledges may be made at any time.
How do I pay my pledge?
You may pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly via cash, checks, credit card, or electronic fund transfer (EFT). Pay by credit card or debit via online giving .
How much should I pledge?
Determining the amount of your annual pledge is between you and God. However, as you make this important decision, reflecting on your faith and values is beneficial. Bishop Claude Payne, retired Bishop of Texas, has a helpful perspective on a common maturation of the Christian Vision of Stewardship. Bishop Payne suggests that we consider our personal vision of giving in terms of a spectrum:
- I give because I am supposed to give — a sense of duty
- I give to pay my own way — a sense of fairness
- I give to return a portion of my blessings — a sense of gratitude
- I give to keep church ministries free to all — a sense of generosity
There is no secret as to how you move along this progression. However, when you push yourself to another level, you will find your faithfulness expanding as well.
What is a tithe?
A tithe is 10% of your income. At its General Convention since 1982, the Episcopal Church has affirmed the tithe is the minimum standard for giving and encourages its members to tithe or be working toward a tithe. We recognize that many persons choose to divide their tithe among the church and other worthy organizations. A tithe may sound like an unattainable goal to begin with, but if you start with a certain proportion of your income and increase the percentage each year, you will be tithing in a short time. You could start with 5%, a half tithe. Another option is 2½%, which is equivalent to pledging the first hour’s pay of a 40-hour work week.
Every pledge, every amount matters.
Where you start or whether you tithe on your annual or gross income is not nearly as important as simply making your first pledge. Every pledge make a difference, regardless of the amount.
When giving online, your information is held securely by Vanco Payment Solutions. This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled contributions or payments. You can schedule new contributions at any time and can modify or cancel those contributions at any time prior to the date they are scheduled. Once the contribution has been processed, however, it cannot be cancelled. If you have any problems or questions related to this, please contact our parish administrator in the church office 206-283-3967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.