Different approaches for determining your pledge
It probably doesn’t surprise you that just as there are many different reasons why we each pledge to First Congregational Church of Melrose, there is similarly no single method for determining the amount of your pledge. The following are approaches that you might consider:
• The Biblical Tithe
The Old Testament refers to Tithing, pledging 10% or more of your gross annual income. Although the tithe has its roots in Jewish tradition, it is also the historical Christian standard for giving. The New Testament does not designate a percentage of income, but only states “in keeping with your income”. All giving should be what you “decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
• Proportional Giving
Base your gift on your annual income using the table above. That is, start with your expected income next year and pick a percentage that feels right. Always remember to ask yourself, is the amount you are giving proportional to your love of God, to your love of First Congregational and reflective of your relationship with the church. If you have used this guide before, consider increasing last year’s percentage by 1% or more.
• “The Trustee’s Challenge”
Consider taking Trustee Challenge and help First Congregational maintain its mission and ministries next year by increasing last year’s pledge by 12%.
Q. How do I make a pledge?
A pledge can be made one of two ways: by completing a pledge card and returning it to the Church Office or online though our “virtual pledge card” which can be found here. Upon making your pledge, you will receive a written acknowledgement letter as well as a set of personalized envelopes.
Q. How can I pay my pledge?
You may pay your pledge through weekly offerings received at worship services or through automatic debits. The Church will provide you offering envelopes for your convenience, printed with donor record numbers to insure proper crediting of payments. Or you can make your payments with an automatic debit by filling out the church Authorization Form.
What happens if I can’t pay my pledge?
You may change the amount of your pledge at any time. All we ask is that you let us know so we may correct your records. Please call the Trustees of Finance if for any reason you need to change your pledge. All information is confidential.
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