My Giving Goal
Why set a giving goal?
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Setting a giving goal and making a pledge is first and foremost a spiritual discipline in which we intentionally and prayerfully consider how to use our financial resources. Setting a goal makes it easier to follow the Biblical instruction to give “of our first fruits” rather than from what is left over. A goal helps us track our progress during the year. Finally, a goal can help us determine how much to give. Many people find that considering a percentage of their annual income is helpful in determining how much to give. The Bible speaks of a tithe (10%) as a worthy goal.
Second, setting a giving goal and making a pledge helps church leaders to more accurately project our income – which makes it easier to manage our annual budget.
What is the General Fund?
It takes $4.8 million to support our core ministries through the annual General Fund budget. Worship, missions, youth ministries, children’s ministries, fellowship, adult education, communications, salaries and benefits, utilities, building maintenance, administration, information technology…nearly every activity and ministry is supported directly or indirectly by the General Fund.
This pie chart illustrates how your General Fund contributions were used in 2018.
A few highlights of what your 2018 General Fund contributions made possible:
-23 kindergarteners received bibles
-100 different students connected with each week
-34 students confirmed
-21 people baptized
-208 students spent the night on a youth trip
-89 people joined the church
-21,400 donuts eaten
-250 gallons of lemonade made
-617 people picnicked
-47,591 people in worship
-448 flowers delivered to members in our community
-104 people served home communion
-17,603 individuals served by Northside Mission Ministries
-5,672 volunteer hours for Northside Mission Ministry Food Pantry Operations
-7,695 events occurred at Second Church
Because member contributions provide 85% of this budget, your General Fund contribution is the single-most effective way to support the whole ministry of our church.