Our combined gifts of time, talent and treasure are what makes it possible for the Cathedral to live into our mission. Giving and stewardship are not about meeting a budget. Making sure the church is financially viable does matter and cannot be ignored, but it is not the heart of intentional giving. The Stewardship team is charged with presenting the financial needs of the Cathedral in a context that reflects giving as part of our spiritual relationship to God. We believe that the bounty we have received comes from God and it is our role to determine how best to take care of that bounty and what portion of it we will give back.
We encourage everyone in our community to make an annual pledge to the Cathedral as part of their response to what God has given them. As for how much to give, we suggest members think about proportional giving — giving a set percentage of household income. Giving of one’s self and one’s labor can be a joyful act. It expresses our joining together with other members of the community and our desire to work out our spiritual life at the Cathedral.
The Cathedral of the Incarnation offers Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). EFT makes it is easy to schedule your pledge payment or give a one-time donation online. If you already use EFT to pay your bills then you know it saves time and resources (paper, stamps, envelopes). EFT also benefits The Cathedral of the Incarnation in a number of ways:
- More consistent giving,
- Less money counting,
- Less paperwork, and
- Easier tracking of donations.