Stewardship

I Love My Church Even More

The church council is trying to adopt a ministry budget for 2017 in which $30,000 will be cut from 2017 expenses and we receive $30,000 more in annual giving beyond what is currently pledged. You may be asking, 'how can I love my church even more?'” Here are some ways that you might consider:

  • If you have found a home here but haven’t taken the next step of giving, now is a great time to start.
  • If you give occasionally, please consider giving on a regular basis, it’s easy to schedule recurring gifts from your credit card or debit card by clicking the "Give" tab at westlake-umc.org
  • If you give regularly but haven’t pledged, help us plan for your generosity by filling out a pledge card online here or in the pews.
  • If you pledged the same amount in 2017 as last year, please consider increasing your pledge by 3% or more. If you make a decision to increase your pledge, you can inform us of that decision by completing sending an email to accounting@westlake-umc.org

Stewardship FAQs

We thank you for your generosity and pray you may find the level of giving that is right for you as you progress in your journey of faith and commitment. Your pledges and contributions are a critical part of how we can make a difference in our church, our community, and our world.

The following “Frequently Asked Questions” can help you understand stewardship and pledging at Westlake United Methodist Church.

What is Stewardship?

We view stewardship as your individual and family’s faith journey to prayerfully consider how God has gifted you with your time, talents and treasures and explore in prayer what you feel that God is asking you to give to our church.

What is a pledge?

A pledge is your commitment to make a financial gift over the next year that supports the ministries of Westlake United Methodist Church.

Why do we need annual pledges?

Annual pledges support everything we do at Westlake UMC—from paying staff to supporting our outreach ministries to maintaining the buildings that allow us to worship and connect. In order to know what we can do each year, the church relies on your pledge commitments to develop next year’s budget.

Don’t the contributions made in the weekly offering cover our expenses?

Weekly non-pledge offerings amount to 17% of our annual budgeted revenue. The single most important source of funding for our ministries comes from the payment of pledges made during our annual stewardship campaign.

How much should I pledge?

We believe that you should determine your level of giving in prayerful consideration as you progress in your journey of faith and commitment. However, we would ask that you prayerfully consider making a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on your financial situation. Every pledge, no matter the amount, is an important and critical contribution to our efforts to make a difference in our church, our community and our world.

As you consider your pledge for 2017, please keep in mind that our various ministries feel led to pursue ministry opportunities that are [$83,000] more than our 2016 budget. If the total amount of our annual pledges do not increase from last year, we will likely not be able to fund all the requested ministries in 2017.

When should I pledge?

We ask everyone to make a pledge no later than Monday, November 7 by bringing an Estimate of Giving card to the church, mailing it, or making a commitment online at westlake-umc.org/stewardship. This will allow the Church Council to make the hard decisions about what ministries, staff and maintenance to fund in 2017.

Do I have to pay when I pledge?

A pledge is just a commitment to pay. You may fulfill your commitment in as many payments as you wish throughout the year.

Can I pay with credit/debit card or direct deposit?

You bet! Please contact the church office at 512-327-1335 or visit westlake-umc.org/give to pay via these methods.

What about recurring payments?

We welcome automatic recurring payments as way to fulfill your commitment. Please contact the church office at 512-327-1335 or visit http://westlake-umc.org/stewardship to set up automatic payments.

What happens if I can’t give as much as I pledged?

We know that life happens, if circumstances change you can notify the church to change your pledge. If you’re blessed with unexpected income, you’re always welcome to increase your pledge, too!

Curious about how Westlake UMC uses your pledge? View the 2016 budget here.

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