“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,…” - Proverbs 27:23
“Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?” - Luke 14:31
Most of us don’t have sheep and none of us are directly engaged in a military conflict, but we do have “flocks” in terms of our money and things that we own, and we are definitely engaged in a very real spiritual battle every day. Part of our preparation for engaging in that spiritual conflict, as a church, is knowing the resources we have at our disposal to engage.
We have put in place a procedure for developing, approving and releasing a budget. Ideally this process would be completed by January of each year, that way, the church will be aware of the budget at the beginning of the year.
As part of this process, we also introduce the idea of a “faith pledge” from the congregation. This faith pledge will give the church a clearer picture of what to expect in terms of giving for the year to come. It is forward looking rather than looking back at the past, in terms of giving. The pledges would come from the congregation at the beginning of the year.
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The faith pledge process will allow us to: plan activities for the coming year, have a more accurate picture of the support we can provide to the missionaries we support, and enable the leadership of the church to further develop our vision (providing them more insight into where God is leading us).
This as not a “campaign” because we did not set out a goal for yearly giving. For this year’s budget we have predicted giving levels based on past years and giving trends that we have observed. We hope to move away from this in the future through the faith pledge.
So, in summary, the faith pledge process is simply a way for the leadership of the Chapel to have a clearer picture of what our resources will be for the coming year.
Those who are not able to give financially should never feel that giving your time is somehow a “lesser” gift—nothing could be further from the truth. One of our most precious resources is the time that God has given us on this earth, and we can use the time that we are given for his Glory, in giving that time back in service to him, so as you consider your faith pledge, please keep that in mind.
If you have any questions or feedback about faith pledges, the budget, or other matters concerning giving to the ministry of the church, please contact the Finance Committee at or the elders at .