Why does my pledge matter?
Pledging is a way of saying "I'm in! I want to partner with what God is doing in and through my church family." Additionally, there are several opportunities for growth that Trinity would like to initiate in 2017 which can only happen if a tangible increase in giving occurs during the year.
Can I change my pledge?
Yes — we do not want anyone to feel limited to only giving the amount he/she pledges. Trinity does not treat pledges as legally binding and pledges can be changed throughout the year.
Is my giving important even if I don't pledge?
Yes! Every dollar counts. A significant portion of the income which Trinity relies on to meet its budget is "un-pledged." That being said, 2017 pledges will drive some key decisions on new initiatives so please pledge if you are able to.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLEDGING:
- If everything we have is a gift from God (James 1:17), how does that impact the choices we make around giving?
- If I reflect on how generous and merciful God is to me, how does that impact how I use my time, talent and treasure?
- If we pray for God to guide us in our giving decisions, are we ready to receive His answer?
- If giving makes us happier than receiving (Acts 20:35), rather than ask "Why give?" should we ask instead "Why not give?"
- If Trinity is my spiritual home, what is my responsibility to financially support the church community?
- If we believe that God is faithful to His promises, do we trust Him to provide for our needs if we were to give sacrificially?
TAKING THE NEXT STEP FORWARD IN GIVING:
Attender to First-time Giver
My story: I enjoy worshipping at Trinity, and may be involved in its community and mission. I have not yet given financially to support what God is doing in and through Trinity.
My challenge: to become a first-time giver. I will commit to give something. May my gift cause me to treasure God’s work in my life and in the life of this church.
Occasional Giver to Consistent Giver
My story: I give to Trinity occasionally, usually on a Sunday when I have cash or my checkbook handy. I may also give when I hear about a particular concern and feel moved.
My challenge: to become consistent in my giving. I will commit to give something on a regular basis. May the greater discipline of consistent l giving grow my connection to God, to the Trinity community, and to God’s work in the world.
Discretionary Giver to Priority Giver
My story: I give out of what I consider to be discretionary funds. I give to Trinity fairly regularly as well as on special occasions.
My challenge: to give out of my “ first fruits” (Proverbs 3: 9-10) and perhaps as a growing percentage of my income (rather than a fixed dollar amount for the year). I will commit to give to Trinity as a priority in my financial planning. May my giving grow my reliance on God, reflect more deeply my gratitude for all that I have, and connect me more significantly to God’s work at Trinity and beyond.
Faithful Giver to Adventurous Giver
My story: I give regularly to Trinity. I haven’t recently reassessed the amount that I give from year-to-year, but feel that I generously support the Trinity community.
My challenge: to become more bold and adventurous in my giving. I will commit to look at my recent giving history and consider an even more sacrificial model of giving going forward. May my increased generosity also grow my desire to see God’s kingdom grow in our region.