Sustained Giving (Stewardship)

Many members, one body.

At St. Stephen’s, we are blessed by all of the many ways our parish family enables us to encounter Christ in community. When we worship in our beautiful Nave or Chapel, grow in faith through our many formation ministries, serve others inside and outside our walls, or enjoy fellowship with friends, we share in the how the Spirit is moving in our midst.

Stewardship is an outward sign of how we give back to a faith community that means so much to each of us. We can show our gratitude by sharing our time, talents and treasure. Ministering to others, teaching in Children’s or Youth Ministry and helping to beautify the church playground are all examples of ways in which we can be good stewards.

Giving of a yearly financial pledge is the primary method of funding St. Stephen’s ministries and operations – it literally keeps the lights on. Making an annual commitment enables our parish to plan for the coming year based on a predictable financial base. Each fall we hold a pledge drive which culminates on Covenant Sunday when we gather as one body to worship and celebrate as we pledge our financial commitment for the coming year.

If you are a new member pledging outside of the fall drive
, know that your support is welcome at any time. All of the information below on prayerful pledging and the methods of giving are valid all year round. 

Pledging Process

Pray. Begin in prayer by asking God to guide you.

Consider proportional giving. Proportional giving is offering to God a portion of what God has given us.  A traditional guideline for tithing is 10 percent of one’s income, given in gratitude for God’s blessings and to further God’s work in the world. Giving a percentage of our income— increasing each year toward or beyond the tithe — is a way of deepening our awareness of the abundance of God’s love.

Decide how you want to make your pledge. We have several options for making your pledge –

CONTACT: Nancy Wood in the church office.