What I do with all that I have, after I say, “I
Using the gifts God has given us,
to do the work God is calling us to do.
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is an expression of faith. It is not
simply the Church’s way of raising money; rather, it is a spiritual
discipline that encompasses our very being as Christians.
Must all members of the church
participate in the Stewardship Program?
No. Participation in the Stewardship Program is
How do I participate?
If you now give of your time, talent or treasure to
St. Andrew’s, you are already participating in Stewardship. What the
Stewardship Program brings is a structure that enables people to plan
their giving and be methodical in achieving their goals.
What is involved?
There are three aspects to Stewardship: Enveloping,
Pledging of time, talent and/or treasure, and a Narrative Budget.
What is enveloping?
If you wish, you will be given a box of numbered
envelopes, one for each Sunday of the Year. Each Sunday, you place your
financial donation in the envelope and drop the envelope in the offertory
plate. The envelope keeps your donation confidential but allows the donor
and, if you wish, the church, to keep track of contributions.
What are the advantages of
If you choose to register the number on your
financial donation envelopes, you can obtain an annual summary of your
gifts and, in many cases, take a tax deduction.
Will I be able to obtain valid tax
receipt for my donations?
Recorded donations made via Andrew’s Fund (Texas) can
be deducted from US income for income tax purposes. IRS approved tax
receipts will be provided. We expect to have a similar tax deduction
capability available for Canadian income in the near future.
What is pledging?
A pledge is a commitment to share one’s time, talent
and treasure with others and to support the work of the church. A pledge
is voluntary and has no predetermined amount. You do not make this
commitment to the Parish or the Vestry. It is a covenant with God.
If I participate, will everyone
know how much I give?
No. Your financial pledge can be anonymous. No one
need know how much you pledge. If you register your envelope number with
the church, only the Treasurer will know how much you donate to the
ministries of St. Andrew’s. No one but you will be able to compare your
pledge with your donation.
What is a narrative budget?
A narrative budget tells the parish story and
describes how the congregation’s time, talent and treasure are being put
It enables the church to:
Make a more accurate projection of income and a more
realistic financial budget;
Build an inventory of volunteer time and talent to
better manage its more than 20 volunteer ministries and activities.
Just as importantly, when we pledge to donate our
time, talent or treasure to support the work of the Lord, we are accepting
some responsibility for the outcome. It is through this process that we
acquire a sense of ownership in the church. We are brought together even
closer through this shared commitment and acceptance of responsibility.
We are all familiar with the teaching of the widow’s
mite – the story of a woman who demonstrated profound faith in God by
giving away all she had. Her story is powerful because she gave from her
substance rather than her surplus.
As a society, we tend to exalt our big givers, those
who give huge gifts once in a lifetime after they have accumulated
significant wealth. While their generosity will always be appreciated,
that example of giving misses the point from the perspective of Jesus.
For Jesus, giving is a way of life. It permeates our
very being and expresses our fundamental trust in God’s promise to never
forget God’s people.
As those committed to the service of the Lord, we
need to begin thinking that giving of our treasure is something more than
just what is left over. It is not about looking into our wallets on Sunday
morning and taking what is there and putting that in the offertory plate.
Giving should be done prayerfully and consciously.