Q: Why do we pledge?
A: Anything we value involves our commitment. Marriage vows, home mortgages, and bank loans all require us to make a commitment ahead of time indicating our intent to follow through as best as we can. Pledging indicates we are intentional about our commitment to God’s work in our lives and in our world. It is an expression of gratitude to God for all the gifts of life, and it is an expression of our dedication to using the gifts we have to further the love of Jesus Christ in the world through Asbury.
Q: What does it mean to make a pledge?
A: It’s a commitment to give one's time, talents, and money as an expression of faith and a personal response to God's generosity. The church budget is prepared in light of the pledges received from the members. A pledge is a statement of intent, not a legal obligation. It can be changed at any time.
Q: Why should I pledge? I have given faithfully in the past.
A: Advance knowledge of your gifts provides confidence in planning the church budget and, therefore, ministry that will be possible. Not knowing giving estimates in advance requires the church to plan the future with less certainty.
Q: This is an important decision for me. I am concerned about my financial situation. What if it changes?
A: Unexpected events happen. We know that financial conditions can change, and you can adjust your pledge commitment at any time in response to changes in your individual situation. Your peace and recovery are important to Asbury, and we hope that you will reach out to us and share that you are experiencing difficulties so we can be supportive of you during such a time.
Q: I am unable to make significant gifts. Do small gifts matter?
A: Your gifts matter greatly. If everyone who hasn’t been giving committed to give (regardless of the amount), the church could well surpass our current level of giving. Yes. Your gift makes a great difference.
Q: How do I make a pledge?
A: You can make your pledge online, or you can fill out a paper pledge card. Pledge cards will be sent by mail to all members, but if you didn’t receive one or need another, call the church office, and we will send one to you. We would love to receive your pledge by October 31 so that the Finance Committee can begin work on the 2021 budget.
Q: How do I give my offering?
A: You can use Asbury’s online giving portal to give your offering at any time, and you can set up an automatic recurring offering by bank draft, debit card, or credit card. You can also write a check. The frequency of your gift is your choice. People most often give weekly or monthly, but you may choose the method works best for you.
Q: Do I receive a statement?
A: Yes, you will receive a quarterly statement of your contributions for your tax records and to confirm the accuracy of our records.