Why do we need annual pledges?
Annual pledges supports all that we do and are at Saint Mark’s Church — from paying clergy to supporting our outreach ministries to paying the electric bill. In order to know what we can do each year, we need to receive pledge commitments on which to develop an annual budget.
What happens to the money I give?
Your pledge supports everything that happens at Saint Mark’s— worship, pastoral care, Christian Formation programs, our social-outreach ministries, maintenance of our building, and more. In a addition, part of every pledge supports the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.
What happens if I can’t give as much as I pledged?
While it’s a commitment to your church and your fellow parishioners, your pledge is not legally binding. We all understand when circumstances change. It is helpful if you notify the church you need to change your pledge. If you’re blessed with unexpected extra income, you’re always welcome to increase your pledge as well!
How much should I pledge?
We believe that our standard of giving should reflect our standard of living. We ask each parishioner to consider making a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on his or her financial situation. A tithe (10% of your income) has long been held as the standard of Christian giving. For most it is a goal to be reached through incremental increases each year. At Saint Mark’s, every pledge regardless of size makes a valued contribution to our mission and ministry.
If you would like to make a proportional pledge or tithe, or begin working toward one, this Proportional Giving Chart may help.
When should I pledge?
We ask everyone to make a pledge on Pledge Sunday InGathering (this year, November 16) by bringing a pledge card to church, mailing it, or making a pledge online, as this helps us establish our budget for the upcoming year. However, pledges are welcome throughout the year. To make a pledge any time click here.
Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, you may donate with a credit card. Learn more about the different types of online contributions here.
Can I pay by a gift of stock, a donor-advised fund, or through other means?
Yes, you may pay by a gift of stock or financial securities, or through a donor-advised fund. To make a gift of stock in payment of a pledge, or for all other questions, contact the parish treasurer here. We welcome all kinds of pledge payments.
Who knows how much I pledge?
Saint Mark’s stewardship staff and finance office keep all pledges strictly confidential. A small group of church leaders who volunteer in the finance office and the Rector—may in some cases also have access to pledge records for specific purposes.