Now, I am sensitive to the money issues so many families are facing. So how do you rectify this? I don't want people to be put off by our need for more funding. Everyone should feel welcome at church, regardless of what they pledge. But, how do you inspire those who could pledge more, to do so? I know - such a complicated question, dependent on so many variables. I don't envy stewardship and capital campaign committees. It is not easy work. Money is such a sensitive subject, especially these days. But, to accomplish the vision of our church we need to sit down and really figure out how we can make it happen. Wish us luck. The possibilities are exciting!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Scary Stewardship Info
My congregation is loosely around 140 people (83 pledging units). This is actually significantly up from only a couple of years ago. Because of this growth, our very old building is bursting at the seams. This is on top of all the maintenance an old building requires. Thus, we have engaged a consultant to help us plan our capital campaign and pledge drive. Over the past weekend, she has been meeting with various members and looking over our church data. Today she presented some of her initial findings. Come to find out, only TWELVE families are providing FIFTY percent of our budget. That is scary. As the consultant so rightly noted, we need to figure out a way to more evenly distribute our funding. If one of those families should move away, our budget could seriously be impacted.