The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

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Pledge FAQ

What is Stewardship?

In its most basic sense, Stewardship is the activity or job of protecting and being responsible for something entrusted to one’s care.  At Good Shepherd, we believe that stewardship is a part of our spiritual journey and our relationship with God. 

What is a pledge?

It is a commitment that allows church leadership to determine a budget for the coming year. Pledging is also a response to God’s call and abundance in our own lives: it is a statement of thanksgiving. 

Why do we need annual pledges?

We are all stakeholders in the success of our church.  Annual pledges support everything we do and are at Good Shepherd — from paying clergy to supporting our outreach ministries to making possible our liturgical, education and music offerings. In order to know what we can do each year, we need to receive pledge commitments so that we may budget accordingly.

Who can make a pledge?

Anyone and everyone! In particular, YOU can make a pledge to Good Shepherd!

Don’t the contributions made in the weekly offering cover our expenses?

Weekly non-pledge offerings amount to approximately 9% of our annual budgeted revenue. The single most important source of funding for our ministries, however, comes from the payment of pledges made during our annual stewardship campaign. These gifts provide 71% of the church’s income. Pennies For Heaven and Artie’s Party provides an additional 12% of budgeted income, and the remaining 8% comes from other sources such as our endowment income and facility usage fees.

How much should I pledge?

We believe strongly that our standard of giving should reflect our standard of living. We ask each parishioner to consider making a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on his or her financial situation. A tithe (10% of your income) has long been held as the standard of Christian giving. For most it is a goal to be reached through incremental increases each year. At Good Shepherd, every pledge, no matter what amount makes a valued contribution to our mission and ministry.

How Do You Decide?

Do I have to pay when I pledge?  Can I pay in installments?

A pledge is simply a promise to pay. You may fulfill your pledge in as many payments as you wish throughout the year. When you complete an online pledge card you may select your preferred giving options. 

What are the ways I can pay my pledge?

You may pay your pledge with your Visa or MasterCard, Direct ACH transfer from your bank, check or cash (as long as you indicate your name on your cash payment and that it is to be applied to your pledge).  We also accept donations of stock which may be applied to your pledge, as long as you let us know in advance so that we may apply it correctly.  Call the office for more information on giving options including Donor Advised Gifts and more. 

How can I set up a recurring credit card payment?

Yes!  It’s very easy.  Just set up a recurring payment on our Giving Page. Done!

What happens if I can’t give as much as I pledged?

While it's a commitment to your church and your fellow parishioners, your pledge is not legally binding. If your circumstances change, you may notify the church you need to change your pledge. If you're blessed with unexpected extra income, you're always welcome to increase your pledge as well!

Is my pledge confidential?

Good Shepherd keeps pledges strictly confidential. The Parish Administrator, our bookkeeper, our regular tellers who enter payments are the only people with access to the information. A small group of church leaders—the congregation's elected officers and the Rector—may in some cases also have access to pledge records for specific purposes. 

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