What is a pledge?
A pledge is a promise to donate a certain amount of money to the church and its ministries during the calendar year. Pledges account for more than 80% of our operating budget. We need to know what income to expect for the year for strategic planning of our programs.
What does stewardship mean?
Our annual fundraising campaign is called a stewardship campaign. Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. We steward our resources to ensure the church is there for this generation and for generations to come. Every year we have a Fall Fellowship Dinner where future plans are presented and pledges may be turned in.
I’m not sure how much to give? What are the guidelines?
Any gift you give is appreciated. We ask you to consider a voluntary fair share giving guide. The guide is a voluntary and flexible guideline for your annual pledge. It is progressive, reflecting that those with larger incomes can afford to give a higher percentage of their income. Depending on income and commitment level, the suggested pledge amount ranges from 1% to 10% of annual income.
If your income is highly variable, or if you are retired, you’ll find some helpful hints on determining your gift in this article.
When should I make a pledge?
By the first of November if possible, so we can budget for the following year.
How do I make a pledge?
- Download a pledge form (see the links above), fill it out and return to Emerson Church at 1900 Bering Drive, Houston, TX 77057.
- Make a one-time or recurring gift online, or by mobile app.
- Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to indicate if your pledge is a fair-share pledge.
How can I find out what I pledged last year?
Contact Karen Van Horn, Business Administrator: email@example.com