FAQs About Pledging
What is a financial pledge?
A pledge is simply an estimate of what you hope to give to support the ministries of St. Thomas in the year ahead. A pledge is not a binding agreement. It can be changed at any time - just let the Parish Administrator know.
I give to support St. Thomas already. Why make a pledge?
We are grateful for all gifts in support of our ministries. A pledge is helpful because it helps us plan for the year ahead. When we know what people hope to give in 2024, we are better able to prepare and respond to God's call.
How much should I pledge?
That's between you and God! We encourage everyone to work toward the spiritual practice of tithing - giving 10% or more of what you earn or receive to God's work through the church and in the world. That goal is more realistic in some seasons of life than in others, so begin by giving what you reasonably can. Be sure that you can manage your household obligations first.
Does anyone know what I pledge?
As a way to say thank you, our annual report, published in January, includes the names of all who made a pledge to the St. Thomas operating budget for the coming year, unless you say you prefer to remain anonymous. However, we never publish amounts or levels of giving. Only the parish administrator and the rector have access to that information.
May I designate a pledge to a particular area of ministry?
A pledge is a gift to the whole St. Thomas budget. If you wish to give to a specific ministry on top of your pledge, let us know.