Why are we talking so much about commitments, pledging, and tithing this time of year? (If you were raised in another denomination that doesn’t practice pledging, making a “pledge” may be a foreign concept for you.)
A pledge, or formal written commitment, is simply your estimate of the amount of money you plan to give to our church for the coming year. It is a planning tool with which we can evaluate our collective financial commitments in order to balance our budget with the level of support we expect.
If you are working toward making a tithe gift (10 percent of your income), this is the time of year to revisit your current percentage and consider whether you can nudge it a little closer toward the tithe. Each year around this time our Finance Committee, which is made up of members of our congregation, appoints a Budget Committee to plan the budget for the coming year. Both of these committees take this responsibility quite seriously, and they work diligently to create the best budget and financial oversight possible. We understand that circumstances change — and so can your pledge. (Who can see a year into their own financial future?) That’s why a pledge can be changed at any time by notifying the business office by phone, mail, or email. Pledging is a time-honored system that works well in funding the ministries of our church. In 2015, 95 percent of all pledges were completed by December 31, and knowing in advance what these members planned to give enabled our ministries to plan their programs, events, and opportunities accordingly.
As always, if you have questions about giving, pledging, or tithing, I’m always available to visit at 817/339-5098. I hope you’ll join me in completing a pledge card by January 31. Click here to make your 2016 commitment.
Director of Stewardship