Every Fall, we ask our members to provide us with an estimate of what they plan to give to the church in the coming year. This Estimate of Giving (formerly called a pledge) is an important spiritual exercise, which allows you to reflect on the gifts God has given you and express your thanks by giving back. It also models the importance of your spiritual life and your commitment to a growing relationship with God and with your church.
Consider the variety of financial commitments you have in your life – mortgage payment or rent, utilities, insurance, savings, etc. Your Estimate of Giving can help you to be systematic in your giving, and not just be a part of what is left over after all other commitments are met.
Your Estimate of Giving Matters
Each year FCC Sonoma creates an operating budget based on the total amount of income expected to be received from our members and friends. The budget is the foundation for the next year’s planning and helps us continue to be a growing and vibrant church.
How Much Should I Give?
Please be aware that current Estimates of Giving range from $100/year to more than $10,000/year. So much depends upon your own life circumstances as well as your commitment to the church. The average gift this year is $2,600.
What matters most is that your financial giving to FCC Sonoma is made out of love and hope. We want it to come from your heart, so we simply ask that you prayerfully and carefully consider what sort of gift you feel called to make.
You may want to consider a percentage of your income to determine the amount of your gift, using the annual or monthly giving charts. You may want to consider a gift of 3 to 5% of your income. If you are currently giving to the church, reflect on your level of giving and consider increasing your gift by 1% of your income.