The Logistics of Financial Stewardship
Stewardship has come to mean different things in the world of churches. The term “stewardship” comes from the idea of church leaders being good stewards of God’s resources. The season (which could be year long) of planning the church budget and asking for commitments to fund it is often referred to as Stewardship Season. Stewardship can also refer to the spiritual discipline of giving. Giving comes in many forms, including gifts of time, talent, and treasures.
Sometimes figuring out the logistics of financial stewardship (giving of our treasures) can be tricky. No other kind of organization uses this model, just churches.
Financial stewardship has two steps: pledging and giving.
STEP 1 – Pledge: Set an Intention
A pledge is a commitment that an individual or family makes to the church for their giving in the coming year. Pledges are usually collected in the fall for the following year’s budget.
By pledging, you let the church leadership know what your intention for giving is. This knowledge helps them to plan an informed budget because they don’t have to guess what you will give — you’ve told them, to the best of your ability. Of course, life happens. Pledges are not legally binding and can be adjusted if circumstances change.
STEP 2 – Give: Create a Financial Transaction
In your pledge, you’ve told the church what you plan to give, but you have not told your bank (or wallet).
Giving can be done in a number of ways: cash, check, and online through your bank or through our portal on CCB (Church Community Builder), which you can access by text, through our app, or in directly in your browser. Our online giving portal accepts both one-time and recurring donations.
Western pays a 3.0 percent processing fee on all credit card and ACH bank transactions. Please consider increasing your donation by this amount to ensure that 100 percent of your pledge goes to support Western.
Need help? Read the Pledging and Online Giving FAQs
Our Story of Generosity:
Sharing God’s Abundance
God’s Spirit is alive at Western! Thanks to your generous investments, Western provides this loving, supportive, safe place to explore our faith and values.
This past year, you joined us as we launched our strategic vision to build a nurturing and growing congregation, to create connections with one another and with God, to commit ourselves to peace, social justice and equality, and to create a loving, supportive, safe place to explore our faith. You may have noticed that more people are joining you in support of these Christian values at Western.
To continue to increase the reach and impact of the Western way, we invite you to invest once again in this family of faith, and hope this year you might consider making a pledge to the church, as we work toward our $420,000 pledge goal.
Your pledge will breathe greater life into our shared vision for community life, creating connections, our commitment to peace and social justice, and creating a supportive place to explore our faith.