Giving FAQ

What is a pledge?
Why should I make a pledge?
How much should I pledge?

How can I achieve a tithe?
How much do others pledge?
What if I can’t give anything or can give only a little?
How do we use Endowments for the ministries of Christ Church?  
What is the Vestry doing to ensure the prudent use of resources?
How do I pay my pledge?
What happens if I can’t pay my pledge?  
What are the goals for the 2015 pledge campaign?

 

What is a pledge?
A pledge is a financial commitment to the church and its ministries for a specific period of time. (back to top)


Why should I make a pledge?
On a personal level, making a financial promise to the church is an exercise in spirituality and that first excercise is an act of gratitude.  The annual pledge provides an individual an opportunity to make their gratitude and commitment to Christ known through their support of their local community of faith.  An annual pledge has the added benefit of helping individuals transform his or her relationship with money and things and to re-orient our lives on God.  On an institutional level, receiving your pledge allows the Vestry to plan wisely for the use our resources. While regular giving that is not pledged is important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish. (back to top)


How much should I pledge?
Only you can decide. The Episcopal Church and the Christ Church Vestry have long affirmed the tithe, that is 10% of gross annual income, as the Biblical standard of giving. (back to top)


How can I achieve a tithe?
Setting the goal and making the commitment is the first, and critical, step.  We recommend making achieving a tithe either a 4 year goal with the following annual targets:

  • Year 1:  Identify your current giving level as a percentage of your annual giving AND increase by 1%
  • Year 2:  Increase your giving level proportionately to achieve a half tithe (5% of gross annual income)
  • Year 3:  Increase your giving level by the remaining amount to achieve three-quarter tithe (7.5% of gross annual income)
  • Year 4:  Increase your giving level by the remaining amount to achieve full tithe (10% of gross annual income)

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See the attached chart for a guide to portional giving and annual income.(back to top)


How much do others pledge?
Our total pledges/gifts in 2015 total 869,331. This comes from 249 pledges, totaling $683,331 with a media pledge of $1,500. In addition we are fortunate to receive gifts through family foundations that total $186,000 annually. We also want to recognize an especially generous gift from a parishioner who wished to remain anonymous, given on a one-time basis specifically for the purpose of supporting our budget shortfall. We are fortunate that a few families can afford to make very substantial contributions, but the loss of just one of these generous pledges would have a serious impact. As a community our goal is to have 100% participation from members of Christ Church, make a pledge to support the community of Christ Church in its ministry. Please support our 2016 God the Giver campaign and make your pledge today. (back to top)


What if I can’t give anything or can give only a little?
Everyone who wants to be involved in the life and ministry of Christ Church is welcome. Period. (back to top)


How do we use Endowments for the ministries of Christ Church?  
Thanks to the generosity of many members through the years in the form of planned gifts, Christ Church today benefits from a meaningful endowment that supports both the programmatic ministry and preservation of our facilities and grounds.  Each year the Vestry, allocates an annual endowment draw of up to 4% based on a 3-year rolling average of the endowment balance.  The use of an 4% draw ensures that the endowment will maintain its purchasing power into the future, while supporting the ministry today. (back to top)


What is the Vestry doing to ensure the prudent use of resources?
The Vestry, with the help of the Finance Committee, parish staff and ministry chairs, formulates an annual budget, which is dependent on annual giving and expendable endowment earnings. Expenditures undergo rigorous scrutiny throughout the year. (back to top)


How do I pay my pledge?
Pledges may be paid weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Options include:

  • Cash or personal check. Weekly offering envelopes are available and many find them to be a convenient way to keep track of their pledges.
  • Bank transfer. You can authorize your bank to direct a regularly scheduled payment to Christ Church. This is an easy and efficient system for you, and banks do not charge a fee to Christ Church for this service.
  • Credit card. You can authorize the church to make a recurring charge to your credit card. Like bank transfers, credit card payments provide a continuous stream of income for the church, which is especially helpful during the summer months. Unlike bank transfers, the church pays a 3% fee to the credit card company for gifts given in this manner. (back to top)

What happens if I can’t fulfill my pledge?  
Circumstances sometimes change. We understand that. Whether you need to decrease or increase your pledge, just call our bookkeeper, Peggy Karson, at 313.885.4841, ext. 110. (back to top)


What are the goals for the 2015 pledge campaign?
A total increase in pledge income of $80,000 over last year, which will allow us to maintain ministries at our current level.
Pledge participation from each member of the Christ Church community. (back to top)