At Trinity Presbyterian Church we view stewardship as a means of showing our gratitude for the many blessings we have received. It is a priority for Trinity to tithe and so 10% of donations to Trinity are earmarked for mission – either internally, through the Center for Faith & Art, or externally, through donations to other charities. Although we encourage tithing for all, we feel the giving level is a decision that must be reached by each family or individual member or our congregation. We urge our members to consider the following question: “What do I feel God is asking me to give back for the work of His church?” This is a spiritual decision by each member as opposed to trying to determine how much is needed to support the church’s budget.
Our budget is not developed until we feel that all contributing members have turned in their Financial Stewardship Commitment cards for the budget year. The Finance Committee and the Treasurer will then use those commitments along with projections of undesignated giving and other sources of income to compose the budget for the coming year.
Our Financial Secretary is the only person at Trinity who knows what is given or committed by any member. The Church Treasurer works closely with the Financial Secretary to monitor the giving, the commitments and the budget, but that person does not have access to the individual amounts. Trinity’s system of security in this area includes the provision that the Financial Secretary cannot be a member of the Church.
We encourage each member to consider prayerfully his or her stewardship posture toward Trinity. The link below gives access to a Financial Stewardship Commitment Card that can be completed and placed in a sealed envelope to be put in the collection plate or given to the Treasurer or Financial Secretary.