Stewardship & Giving



What Is Steward­ship?

Often times we associate the word stewardship with the management of financial resources (like the Church Stewardship Campaign), but stewardship is not a synonym for money. The truth is, we plan and manage the resources, from the environment to our time!

As a faith community, we must be committed to the holistic practice of stewardship as its fruit of the practice allows us to witness to justice, build community, provide a gracious place of welcome and advocate for the disenfranchised. Stewardship allows us to act with confidence what we proclaim – that our God is one of Radical Abundance and therefore there is no need to move from a place of scarcity.

The Bible also teaches us that, in our short time on earth, God asks us to care for and protect what belongs to God, to keep it for future generations. We are managers, not owners.


Why Commit To Regular Support Of The Church?

In the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) the financial foundation of our churches are the gifts we receive from members and friends. Your estimates of what you can give each year are the most essential part of the overall church budget. Annual gifts make up more than half of the SSCC annual operating income.

Our different committees (outreach, property, worship, etc) make budget recommendations to fulfill our mission. Prior to presenting a new budget, the Finance committee makes recommendations based on estimates of giving and additional projected income. The Board reviews and endorses the budget before it is present to the congregation. The church budget is then presented in December to the members of the church for final approval. A full financial statement can be requested from the church office.


Why Estimate My Giving?

Estimates of Giving enable you to formalize your financial commitment to this church and allow us to anticipate what resources will be available for our ministries and missions.

Forms are available at church or may be submitted online, using the button on the left. Include your personal information and how much you plan to give, either weekly, monthly or yearly for an annual total. Estimate of Giving forms can either be submitted online, placed in the offering plate on any Sunday morning, or mailed to the church office.

Use our estimate of giving form to notify Seventh Street of your giving intentions.


What If My Financial Situation Changes?

If you need to reduce or cancel your Estimate of Giving, please contact our Finance chair, Barbara Dickinson, at bldcknsn7000@gmail.com


How Can I Make My Contri­butions?

Contributions may be made by check payable to “Seventh Street Christian Church, dropped in the Sunday offering plate, or mailed or dropped off at the church office. Any member or friend of the church (whether year-round or seasonal) who would like to commit to regular support of the church, offer a special gift, or receive offering envelopes, should not hesitate to contact our Finance chair, Barbara Dickinson, at bldcknsn7000@gmail.com

The simplest way is to contribute through Automatic Giving, using electronic funds transfer. This process is a secure and easy way to support the church. Funds received through Automatic Giving are especially valuable, as the church can rely on these recurring contributions to support its work . Enrollment in Automatic Giving can be accessed HERE and cancelled or reduced at any time. If you need assistance, please reach out to Ryan McElhaney, Coordinator of Communications & Technology at: office@seventhstreetchristianchurch.org.


How Do I Know What To Give?

For all of us, our giving decision invites us to focus on the abundance that comes from God. Giving stretches us to be more aware of what really matters to us and more alive to the blessings that are always surrounding us and our loved ones.

For some, the concept of giving back 10% of what they have received is inconceivable; for others, it’s the least they can do.

One way to determine the annual gift that is right for you is by considering your annual income and then identifying which percentage of that amount might be appropriate as a weekly gift. This approach allows you to consider how your commitment corresponds to your other weekly expenses.

The majority of the Estimates of Gving in our congregation fall within the $1,000-$5,000 range, but we have leadership gifts that range from $5,000 to $20,000.


How Do I Know What To Give?

Often times we associate the word stewardship with the management of financial resources (like the Church Stewardship Campaign), but stewardship is not a synonym for money. The truth is, we plan and manage the resources, from the environment to our time!

As a faith community, we must be committed to the holistic practice of stewardship as its fruit of the practice allows us to witness to justice, build community, provide a gracious place of welcome and advocate for the disenfranchised. Stewardship allows us to act with confidence what we proclaim – that our God is one of Radical Abundance and therefore there is no need to move from a place of scarcity.

The Bible also teaches us that, in our short time on earth, God asks us to care for and protect what belongs to God, to keep it for future generations. We are managers, not owners.


Do I Need To Be A Member To Submit an Estimate of Giving?

No. We have many non-member friends who support this church financially. We are grateful for all gifts.


Will I Receive State­ments Of My Giving?

All who submit Estimates of Giving will receive quarterly statements, either electronically or via US Mail, depending on the choice made on the form. All other contributors who give more than $250 will receive annual statements via e-mail or US mail.

If you have questions regarding your annual statement, please contact our Finance chair, Barbara Dickinson, at bldcknsn7000@gmail.com


Planned Giving

Planned giving allows individuals and families to respond to the desire or need to "pass it forward." Many who went before us did exactly that. Endowment gifts both large and small from faithful members through wills, trusts, and other charitable instruments, add a wonderful element of financial stability to your church. Appreciating over time, they allow us to stretch toward goals that we might otherwise not have attempted.

To make sound financial plans, one must take into account one’s own needs and those of family, as well as commitments to church and charities. God calls us to be faithful stewards now, but also to support the church’s mission and ministries in the future.

A planned gift or deferred gift, is a gift that is planned for during the donor's lifetime but not actually received by the church or charity until the donor’s death. These can include bequests, life income gifts, and certain life insurance arrangements.

Life income gifts include gift annuities, pooled fund, and charitable remainder trusts. All provide the donor with income for life. Following the donors death, the remaining principal of the gift is paid to the charity designated in the donor's agreement.

We welcome your inquiries concerning Planned Giving Program at Seventh Street Christian Church. Please contact our Finance chair, Barbara Dickinson, at bldcknsn7000@gmail.com for further discussion.