What is Stewardship?

·         Stewardship is about how we live our lives.

·         Stewardship is what we do with all that we have after we say “I believe”.

·         Stewardship is how we live in response to the truth that all we have is a gift from God.

·         Stewardship is about living a life of gratitude and freedom.

 

Here at St. Paul’s, we look at stewardship not so much as a way to raise money, but as a way to raise disciples of Jesus who know more deeply that in him we already have received all we need.  So, look through this material on our website, or better still, come and talk to us and find out how together we can live more faithfully, secure in the biblical  message that God has given us everything.

Sacrificial Giving                                                                                                                                                                    Many Anglicans give of their Time and Talent in abundance.  Generous givers experience the spiritual benefits of generosity in their own lives – deepened trust in God, a reordering of personal priorities, and the experience of God’s abundance for their own needs.  But when it comes to escalating utilities costs, offering adequate income for staff, and supporting a multitude of ministries, their gifts of Treasure may fall short of parish needs.

Proportional Giving                                                                                                                                                                So, how much is enough?  Our goal is to have people consider offerings of between 2% and 4% of their income.  Some parishioners already give 3-5%.  If you are working toward the goal of giving 10%, please consider increasing your current givings by 1%.  Here is a chart that may help you plan your Weekly offering.  Even a small increase in giving can make a BIG difference in how we do ministry.

 

Weekly Offering

Annual Income

1%

2%

4%

6%

8%

10%

$20,000

$4

$8

$15

$23

$31

$38

$30,000

$6

$12

$23

$35

$46

$58

$40,000

$8

$15

$31

$46

$62

$77

$50,000

$10

$19

$38

$58

$77

$96

$75,000

$14

$29

$58

$87

$115

$144

$100,000

$19

$38

$77

$115

$154

$192

Should I give from my net or gross income?                                                                                     Pray and ask God what to do.  If you feel prompted to give from the gross amount, then try it out trusting God with the results.  If you are uneasy about this, begin giving from the net amount for a few months and see what happens.  After a few months, if you experience God’s abundance in your life, then you can begin to give from the gross income.


How to Give

At St. Paul’s there are different ways for us to give.  We give to continue the work of mission and ministry.  Your financial gifts and your gifts of time and talent allow us the freedom to participate more fully in God’s mission.  It really is a movement out of the myth of scarcity and into a life of abundance and joy.

You are invited to give either through our envelope program, Pre-Authorized Giving and even through Planned Giving.

Envelope Program                                                                                                                                                               When starting to attend a new church, most people start to make their offerings by simply putting cash in the Offertory Plate when it is passed. Once you have decided to become a more regular presence at St. Paul’s you may wish to make your offerings here a bigger part of your financial life plan.  Using envelopes helps you keep better track of your givings, so that you can review and adjust your plans.  To get a set of numbered envelopes for regular use, all you have to do is ask!  Just put a note in the Envelope Secretary’s box in the office, or even drop a note into the Offertory Plate, and you will be issued envelopes.  We will need your address information so that receipts of your givings and annual tax receipts can be directed to the right place. 

Pre-authorized Giving                                                                                                                                 Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG) is a simple way to make regular offerings to St. Paul's through your chequing account. PAG donations are convenient, regular, and can easily be arranged through our Envelope Secretary.  It is a very deliberate approach to annual giving and ensures that the church receives the funds it needs to support ongoing ministry even when you might be absent from church.  PAG givers help to smooth out the financial peaks and valleys experienced throughout the year.  

Planned Giving                                                                                                                                                                               For most of their lives Anglicans give through weekly offerings and special appeals.  We also have a Christian responsibility to be good stewards of our accumulated assets.  A planned gift is a way of contributing to the mission and ministry of the church from your assets.  The simplest form of planned giving is to remember the church in your will.  There are other ways to plan your response to God’s generosity in your life.  Some planned gifts may provide tax benefits today, or give you a guaranteed income for life, and some enable you to give a significant future gift at a modest present day cost.  Decisions on these matters are very personal and an important part of financial planning.  In 2009, one parishioner’s planned gift enabled us to do more than we had imagined! As a good steward you will want to make sure any gift is well protected, well managed, and used for things you support.  Endowment and Trust funds are ways of meeting these goals.  For more information on Planned Giving, please talk to our pastor, your personal financial advisor or contact the Diocesan Stewardship and Financial Development Office.

 


2010 Givings                                                                                                                                                                                 In 2010, a total of 103 givers contributed $96,614.  An additional $18,230 was raised from other sources for a total income of $114,845. Our sharing, pastoral care, and evangelism ministries focus on neighbours beyond our doors - and in 2010, we dedicated almost 30% of our budget to these ministries.  Please click here to view a pie chart of how St. Paul's 2010 givings were used.



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