For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. — Matthew 6:21
Money is a tricky subject. Are you earning, saving, spending, and giving the way culture models it for us everywhere we turn? Too often we take our cues on how to manage money and possessions from our culture rather than from God.
So what does the Bible say about money? A lot. Money is the second most talked about subject behind Love with 2,350 verses making reference to it. A third of Jesus’ parables deal with money. The Bible has more to say about money than Heaven and Hell combined. The Bible teaches giving in proportion to the material blessings we have received.
If you are a giver, we hope you will talk to God, and see if it’s time to step up to the next level of personal commitment. If you haven’t given in the last year, we hope you’ll take the first step of discipleship by making a financial commitment—even a small or token one—to support the ministries of your church and fulfill God’s calling. Spiritually, going from nothing to something is huge, and you will feel great about it.
God is doing extraordinary things at your church. We need your financial support and leadership more than ever.
Suggested monthly giving: To better help you reach the goal of tithing, take some time to review the chart below. Find the income level in the first column that most closely matches your income, and then follow the numbers horizontally to determine monthly levels of giving to the Church. Percentages are listed at the top with corresponding monthly tithing amounts below. Consider stepping up your giving by moving one or more columns to the right for your annual pledge.
The church takes its responsibilities toward proper stewardship of your gifts very seriously and wants complete transparency in those endeavors. Below is an information graphic that illustrates how the operating budget is divided among each ministry of the church. If you have additional questions about how the budget is allocated to the ministry departments, please contact the Business office at (214) 521-5101. All of Church of the Incarnation’s ministries and programs reflect our core values of worship, growth, service and leadership. The Church’s operating budget is funded almost entirely by the annual commitments of parishioners. Additional sources of revenue include special gifts from parishioners.
Sources of Funds
$4,040,000 — Your Stewardship Campaign Commitments
$1,049,000 — Other Income
$240,000 – Borrow from reserves
$5,329,000 — Total income (projected) for 2016
Budgeted Use of Funds
This chart and the figures indicate how the church’s funds are divided among its ministry areas. The expenses include salaries and benefits for staff, church-wide technology and communication needs, capital resources utilized by our ministries, facility maintenance, and operating expenses.
53.3% — Pastoral Care, Welcome & Church Life
Incarnation is a community that enjoys fellowship, welcomes newcomers with genuine delight and stands ready to serve those in crisis every day of the week. Our church provides a robust pastoral care ministry offered by clergy and lay members to all those in our community. This includes support for members struggling with sickness or personal crisis. Our welcome ministry supports staff dedicated to introduction, education, and assimilation of guests and newcomers through a growing Incarnation 101 program. None of this would be possible without the support of ongoing operational needs.
18% — Worship
Incarnation offers vibrant liturgy and renowned traditional and contemporary music. Worship opportunities are offered at seven different services each Sunday, a Healing Service every Wednesday at noon, and Morning and Evening Prayer during the week. Parish commitments fund our clergy leadership, Sunday support staff and music program expenses.
17.5% — Serve
Through Incarnation’s robust mission and outreach ministries, the Church continues to reach out and support those beyond our campus by providing numerous opportunities to engage, inspire and equip every member of our parish to serve the needy locally and internationally. Your support allows us to continue our work with organizations such as Hearts & Hammers, Austin Street Center and the growing needs of our public neighborhood schools. In addition, we will continue to care for our own ministries such as the Dick Granger Ministry and mission trips to Belize and Honduras.
11.2% — Growth
We deepen our relationship with God and one another through quality Christian teaching programs. Your gifts provide resources to adequately fund staff and supplies for our expanding adult, student and children’s programs, including Godly Play, adult and youth classes offered on Sunday and weekdays, Bible studies, growth groups, baptism and confirmation classes and vibrant fellowship groups.
You can fulfill your pledge by mailing us a check, placing your check or cash in the offering plate on Sundays. If you submit a check or cash, please designate annual fund on the check or envelope.
Or for your convenience, Church of the Incarnation has partnered with The City to provide a safe, confidential, and convenient way to make, manage, and fulfill your Stewardship pledge online.
If this is your first time to make an online gift, request an invitation email to join The City, accept invitation, and complete the registration process.
To make arrangements for the transfer of stocks and other assets to Church of the Incarnation, please contact the Business Office.