ALL ABOUT MAKING A PLEDGE
We have a nice building, why should I pledge money to change it? We do have a nice building, thanks be to God and to those who worked and gave to provide it. The changes are being made to correct some of our structural issues, replacing an aging heating and cooling system and to enhance our ability to reach more people with the good news of the love of Christ.
Where does money for our building campaign come from? It comes from designated gifts and from friends and ministry partners of Florence Christian Church.
Do we have to raise the money right away in cash? No. Remodeling a church is like remodeling a home. We just have to be able to finance our payments on a loan that will be based on our pledges.
How much do we need to raise? We are asking for 100% participation.
This seems like we need to raise a lot of money. Is it reasonable to expect so much? We do need a lot of money, but if we are as successful as our previous campaigns, we will meet our goal.
What do I need to know about my pledge? It is a 36-month pledge beginning in December, 2018. Three years is a normal pledge period for church building projects and capital campaigns. We have used this model in the past.
How do I pay on my pledge? That’s up to you. You can make weekly or monthly payments or even make annual gifts. Do what fits best with your household finances.
Three years seems like a long time. Can I just make a one-time cash gift up front? Absolutely. A cash gift is helpful because it will lower the amount of our loan. In estimating a cash gift, we hope you will make the amount of the gift comparable to a 36-month pledge gift. Also, gifts of appreciated stock and RMD withdrawals from IRAs can provide you with a tax advantage while benefiting the church.
How does this pledge affect what I give right now in the Sunday offering? A capital campaign contribution must be over and above your normal weekly tithes and offerings. The general offering of the church pays our ministerial leadership, keeps our programs going, maintains our facility, and provides funding for our mission and outreach ministries.
So basically, I will have two pledges? That’s correct. In the spring, we will have our annual stewardship drive to underwrite our mission and ministry plan for the coming year as we always do.
When do I need to let the church know about my Capital Campaign pledge? You can make your pledge any time during the next 2 months, and then on Celebration Sunday, November 18th we will consecrate all pledges.
What happens if I make a pledge and then my financial situation changes? A pledge is by no means a bill. Simply contact the church to adjust your pledge.
What if our pledges don’t equal the amount needed to complete all the projects listed? We will complete only as many projects as the pledges to our Capital Campaign will fund.
How will proposed projects be prioritized? We will begin with our most pressing infrastructural needs.
Can I just give regularly to the Capital Campaign without actually pledging? Yes, but you need to know that the projects selected for completion will be based on actual pledges, as will any loans we may need.
Anything else I need to know? Everyone has different financial circumstances. Your church understands that and asks only that you give as you are able. May God bless you in your generosity!