Pledging

Stewardship (our management of and care for God’s many gifts) is a year-round concern. But every Fall (at start of new liturgical year), we devote time to an intentional and prayerful consideration of the needs of our congregation and church and our response to those needs. Stewardship means more than a purely financial commitment.  Stewardship is a spiritual discipline that reminds us that everything we have are God’s free gifts to us. With those gifts, we have a responsibility to use and share them in a way that gives glory to God and spreads God’s love to all people.

Knowing our level of financial resources the church for the year allows the Vestry to make budget decisions. These include plans for the level of quality staffing, the depth of our Christian education program, the extent of our outreach programs, and the ability to sustain our music program. It also allows us to meet our obligations to the diocese and to the Barbara C. Harris Camp.

Why is pledging important and why can’t I just contribute week by week as I choose?

Pledging is about making a commitment. Not just a commitment to Christ Church but to God. Pledging is a way of thinking that I will make God a top priority each week and not an afterthought. Pledging is also a way of stating that I am a significant and valuable part of the church congregation and I want to do my part to see that the church remains vital and vibrant in all of its ministries.

What happens to my pledge?

Your pledge helps the church treasurer, the Vestry and the Finance Committee establish its mission goals for the coming year. These goals include plans and funding for outreach, education, pastoral care, worship, property maintenance and operations.

How much should I pledge?

The answer is determined by the way in which each person (or family) counts his/her blessings and how he/she wishes to respond to God with grateful thanksgiving. The decision is a personal and private one.

Who knows how much I pledge?

Ultimately, God is the one who knows the depth of your generosity in time, talent and treasure. On a practical level, the Church treasurer, stewardship chairs, wardens, and accountant have access to the information. They keep pledges in complete confidence.

Why can’t the church live off its endowment?

Christ Church does not have a large endowment, and it took a hit during the economic downturn. Pledges become even more important during less prosperous times. The Vestry’s goal is to become less dependent on endowment draws to support the necessary maintenance and upkeep of the church property, plant and equipment. Our hope is to fund today’s church needs by today’s members.

What happens to our giving?

The largest areas of expenditure are church staffing, maintenance and improvement of the facilities, and program and outreach ministries.

How do I make a pledge?

To make a pledge, click here to pledge online or contact the church office at 781-444-1469 for a pledge card.