FAQs About Stewardship
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is taking care of and making good use of the gifts we believe to be ‘on loan’ to us from God. Being a good steward means making good use of our God-given talents and time; perhaps through useful ministries at Redeemer and perhaps in other ways. Our time is a gift from God…some of which we are called to give back. Our talents are gifts from God…some of which we are called to give back. God’s gifts of time and talent, along with so many others, allow us to make money. God desires that we be good stewards of that money for ourselves and for our families, and that we give some of it back to a place where we and others experience a deepening of our faith.
Stewardship then is God’s call to all of us to make a commitment to a place like Redeemer that offers everyone so much more than we could ever buy or acquire from the world.
What is a pledge?
A pledge is first; a commitment to God from your heart…and then a financial commitment to the place where you and your family encounter and
experience God in your life/lives.
So tangibly a pledge is your annual commitment to give an amount of money to the church in regular installments (weekly, monthly, quarterly or
annually) of your choice.
Why should I pledge?
Pledging must begin with our hearts. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Pledging then is
a spiritual statement to God as to the treasure we consider God’s house to be in our hearts. Supporting Redeemer as God’s house is an essential
element of how we live out our faith and good stewardship. All we do at Redeemer does cost money, so we are all asked to be part of the voluntary
practice of pledging…so that our shared mission and ministries at Redeemer can be appropriately funded in our annual budget.
Is my pledge tax deductible?
Yes. Mid-year and yearly statements are sent out to every pledging household, and may be used as official documentation for tax purposes. In addition, Redeemer parishioners can always review their contribution history by logging onto ACS through this website.
How much are others pledging?
In 2018, Redeemer received a total of 138 pledges, totaling $511,820.
The average Redeemer pledge was $3,709.
The average pledge in the diocese of Southern Virginia was $2,931
The average pledge in the Episcopal Church U.S.A. was $2,873.
How much should I pledge?
This is a matter of your heart and the hearts of those in your household. We suggest, and we believe God deeply desires, that you and your family start this consideration with prayer. Perhaps the next step might be to consider all the ways in which God has blessed your family, how grateful your family is for those gifts, how much your family’s faith means, and how it is encouraged to grow at Redeemer. Then give a gift from your heart, a symbol of your relationship with God…and your desire that others might have the same experience.
What if I need to change the amount of my pledge?
We recognize that employment and economic situations change; sometimes in a way that means tightening our household budgets, and sometimes in a way that brings our household budgets a little more. If this happens after you have made your pledge, we want you to know that a necessary reduction in your pledge is something we will receive with sincere pastoral understanding. We also hope you recognize that if God has blessed your family with a greater abundance than expected, you can always increase your pledge to Redeemer as well.