Pledging - What's it all about?
Many people ask about pledges. What is a pledge? Why should I pledge? What happens if I pledge and then can't meet it? All of these are great questions!
"What is a pledge?" A pledge is a commitment of giving. Generally, people either promise a regular giving amount (for example, $100 per month) or a total annual amount they plan to give. This is not a binding contract or a requirement of membership, it is just a statement of your intention to give to the church. You can also pledge your time and talents as well as your finances. A good example of this would be offering to volunteer once a week to teach Sunday school or help in the office
"Why should I pledge?" Many people say that they will give but don't want to write a specific amount on a pledge card for various reasons. We welcome all gifts, whether or not they are pledges, but pledging really helps the Church Council to plan for the coming year. Knowing what people intend to give makes budgeting and financial planning much more accurate and is very helpful!
"What happens if I make a pledge and then can't meet it?" This is the most common question about pledges. Many people worry that they will promise to give a certain amount and then encounter some sort of financial emergency and not be able to fulfill their commitment.
Don't worry! A pledge is a serious commitment, but it is not a legal document or contract of any kind! It is purely voluntary. If you have an emergency or change in your financial situation, we understand! Not being able to meet your pledge will not affect your standing at the church at all - we want to walk with you through good times and bad, so don't let money troubles keep you from participating in the life of the church. If you make a pledge and then can't fulfill it for some reason, just let us know. We can update your pledge in such cases with no negative consequences for you.