“Ugh!” That is the most common response of ministers this season when asked, “How are things going?” It isn’t that most clergy dislike the fall, or Halloween, or the preparations for Thanksgiving. No, the main cause of clergy distress in the fall is the annual stewardship campaign.
I don’t think we are alone in a dislike for raising money. Not many people do like fundraising. I have, though, found a few people who do enjoy asking for money and they are very good at it. And they all share one common trait—they know that the money they are raising is going to a good cause—their work is making a difference.
A friend of mine is an amazing fundraiser. She has raised money for million dollar projects and has no problem serving on a fundraising committee—something most people run from. Fundraising for her is an opportunity to help people do good things with their money. It is encouraging investments in our society’s future.
I’ve been doing this long enough that I am beginning to get her point. We all wish to make this world a better place. We try to help through our work and families, but we can also do more. We can invest our money in organizations that will give a huge payoff in the good work they do. It isn’t the financial dividends that we usually look for in investing, but is often more important for the good for our world.
All of this is leading up to my reminder to us all to submit our pledge cards. Our primary goal is 100% participation. We figure that 80%, or so, of our members pledge. This greatly complicates our budgeting. Help us to be able to do a better job caring for our church by making a pledge this year—no matter the amount. Your pledge is an investment in CCH—insuring that our church is able to share God’s love with our generation and those to come. What a wonderful legacy.
Be sure to bring your pledge card to church this Sunday for dedication Sunday.
See you in church,