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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #45 on: December 24, 2008, 01:29:06 PM »
My parish has a budget around 130K which is probably not plausible for a supposed 130 people. They haven't switched to the Stewardship system and still use envelopes with a minimum of $450 to be considered a member. The reporting has been poor and the membership list has been challenged. Some people feel that 130K is too low and it doesn't encourage people to give more, but based on previous years' accounting records this isn't unreasonable.  At any rate, we would love to get a $1M budget but I don't see it happening.

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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #46 on: December 24, 2008, 03:09:31 PM »
130 people or 130 families?
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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #47 on: December 26, 2008, 07:46:23 PM »
still use envelopes with a minimum of $450 to be considered a member

I've never encountered this, being in a church which uses "stewardship" (which seems similar to the "tithes" I'm used to in Protestant churches, except that they don't talk about 10%).  So out of simple curiosity--What are these envelopes?  Are they for weekly, monthly, yearly?  $450 sounds pretty steep for a weekly or monthly requirement for everybody, since many people just don't make enough to afford that....
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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #48 on: December 26, 2008, 07:58:15 PM »
still use envelopes with a minimum of $450 to be considered a member

I've never encountered this, being in a church which uses "stewardship" (which seems similar to the "tithes" I'm used to in Protestant churches, except that they don't talk about 10%).  So out of simple curiosity--What are these envelopes?  Are they for weekly, monthly, yearly?  $450 sounds pretty steep for a weekly or monthly requirement for everybody, since many people just don't make enough to afford that....

$450 would be for the entire calendar year.

The envelopes are divided into 52 weeks plus Great Feasts (e.g. Easter, Christmas, etc.)

Using $450 as an example, a family can put $10 in an envelope for their weekly offering.  If a family misses Church and keeps track of missed donations, they put the appropriate amount in the envelope when they return to Church.  A family can also put in extra donations for the Major Feast Days.  As long as someone performs proper accounting of donations (after all, they are technically a secret except to those who administer Stewardship), the Church will send quarterly statements of donations, et al.

A good number of Churches still use the envelope system.  Churches send envelopes only to those who ask; Most people mail in checks for Stewardship.

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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #49 on: December 26, 2008, 08:06:48 PM »
$450 would be for the entire calendar year.

The envelopes are divided into 52 weeks plus Great Feasts (e.g. Easter, Christmas, etc.)

Using $450 as an example, a family can put $10 in an envelope for their weekly offering.  If a family misses Church and keeps track of missed donations, they put the appropriate amount in the envelope when they return to Church.  A family can also put in extra donations for the Major Feast Days.  As long as someone performs proper accounting of donations (after all, they are technically a secret except to those who administer Stewardship), the Church will send quarterly statements of donations, et al.

A good number of Churches still use the envelope system.  Churches send envelopes only to those who ask; Most people mail in checks for Stewardship.

Okay.  That's a relief.  :)  $450 divided into 52 weeks isn't bad as long as you have an income.  :)

The last couple of years, my church's stewardship committee has sent out letters which request a certain yearly amount to keep the bills paid, but it's not required for membership.
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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #50 on: December 29, 2008, 02:33:21 PM »
130 people or 130 families?

According to the membership list, people.

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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #51 on: March 30, 2009, 12:31:52 AM »
Update:

Through 3/25/09, Parishioniers have pledged $392,000 towards the $1,000,000 Stewardship goal at an average of $814 per pledge.

In the recent monthly bulletin, no mention of the goal was made.  I ought to say, "I told you so" except I feel sad.   :(  :'(  :(

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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #52 on: March 30, 2009, 07:29:34 AM »
Update:

Through 3/25/09, Parishioniers have pledged $392,000 towards the $1,000,000 Stewardship goal at an average of $814 per pledge.

In the recent monthly bulletin, no mention of the goal was made.  I ought to say, "I told you so" except I feel sad.   :(  :'(  :(

The Stewardship Chairman at our parish is set on going a month or two without putting a membership update (i.e. pledges and amount pledged), just to discourage people from looking at the update and saying "oh, people have already pledged enough to the Church..."
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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #53 on: March 31, 2009, 05:17:52 PM »

The Stewardship Chairman at our parish is set on going a month or two without putting a membership update (i.e. pledges and amount pledged), just to discourage people from looking at the update and saying "oh, people have already pledged enough to the Church..."

I've seen that before.... It caused alot of problems in a certain church that wil not be mentioned.

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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #54 on: December 08, 2009, 05:39:00 PM »
Update:

The Stewardship goal (and budget) for 2010 were reduced to $700,000 at the recent Parish Assembly in late November.

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Re: $1,000,000 Stewardship Question
« Reply #55 on: December 08, 2009, 07:05:42 PM »
A recent statistical analysis of a parish in my Metropolis (not close enough to me to cause a problem, thankfully ;) ) revealed that 2% of the stewards contributed 1/3 of the stewardship total, while 50% gave at levels that, if one were to use traditional models of stewardship giving like 10%, or 5%, or even 2% to predict their income, would indicate that they live below the Federal Poverty guideline for their household/situation.  This parish gets about $475,000 in stewardship from 500 families.
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