"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." -- 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NIV)
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” — 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 (NIV)
The St. Mark’s general budget is structured around the organizational policies and operational plans of the congregation. It outlines the distribution of financial resources for ministry, strategic and operational priorities. It is the leading indicator of the vitality and fiscal health of the church. Governance oversight is provided by the Church Council and the Finance Committee.
Contributions made to St. Mark’s, unless otherwise designated, are applied to the “general budget” by default.
Gifts, memorials and bequests are planned giving options that have allowed St. Mark’s the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. The church appoints the Finance Committee the stewardship role to provide oversight of gifts, memorials and bequests to ensure that all contributions are used in accordance with the wishes of the donor(s).
A pledge is a projected giving plan to St. Mark’s by an individual, family or household. It is a spiritual discipline that supports the life and ministry of the church and can be modified or terminated at any time.
Designed giving provides the option to give to a specific need, ministry or project within the church or to create a memorial to recognize a loved one. Members of the Finance Committee can provide guidance with gifts, memorials, and bequests to fulfill this purpose.