Finding Religion on Pledging
Last year when I was asked to write about my experience in giving to St. Paul’s, I based my attitude on giving and pledging on my career. Being an entrepreneur, I identified myself as a giver—not a pledger—in that giving allowed me to be spontaneous in my financial support of St. Paul’s. Given that my income is neither steady nor constant, I always had avoided the commitment of pledging.
Serving on the vestry has changed my outlook. The vestry bases all the work it does wholly on the financial standing of the parish, which in turn get based solely upon the number of pledge dollars received. In other words, without pledges, we as a vestry cannot make decisions about what to do with the resources God has blessed (and hopefully will continue to bless) us with. So, starting this year … I’m going to pledge to St. Paul’s. Not just give. I want to step out in faith and commit to a donation goal. Hell or high water.
- WORSHIP—11 a.m. service
- SERVE—Vestry, Pilgrimage, EfM, Eucharistic Minister, Shepherding Ministry, Stewardship Committee