By becoming a steward of St. Andrew’s, your continued generous support is vital for the day-to-day operations of St. Andrew along with the ministries of the church.
St. Andrew 2020 Stewardship Contributions (Due to Covid-19 and the Change in Clergy, 2021 is not a normative year for comparison)
Our church meets the financial needs of the day-to-day costs along with the ministries provided through the church by the annual stewardship pledges of the members of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church. The goal of stewardship commitment is to cover 100% of the operating budget for the church. In 2020, stewardship provided 38% of the nearly $962,000 day-to-day costs of the church in the projected 2020 Budget. Stewardship donations averaged $1007 per steward with 367 total stewards in 2020 .
2022 Budget Passed by the Fall General Assembly
To achieve 100% of our $805,000 2022 Budget on strictly stewardship would be an annual stewardship pledge of roughly $2,200 per steward. Now, that might seem like a lot, but if we follow the Scriptural Model of tithing, that is giving 10% of our earnings unto the Lord, this amount takes on a new meaning. If the Median Income in Chicago is $52,497, then 10% of that would be $5,250 of an annual pledge. If all 367 stewards offered that amount, our income in Stewardship alone would be $1,926,640, more than twice our budgeted expenses. Imagine the good we could enact with that size of a budget.
You may not be able to offer God 10% right now, but I wager you could easily offer 2%. In fact, I am sure most of our stewards could offer 3% of their income. Again, using the Median income of $52,497, that would become $1,575. If every steward offered that amount, we would collect $577,992 which would be roughly 72% of our Budget. If Each year, we try to move further down the percentage giving chart just a little bit, you will be amazed at what you can do! Accept our Challenge! Pledge 3% for 2022! If you already pledge at least 3% strive to increase your percentage as you thank God for all of His blessings!
One way of determining your commitment is to pledge a percentage of your yearly income to St. Andrew. According to census.gov, the median household income for the city of Chicago (2013-2017) was $52,497.
Stewardship Giving Chart
Example of Monthly Pledge on $52,4972% $87. 52 per month
3% $131.27 per month
4% $175.03 per month
5% $218.79 per month
6% $262.55 per month
Would you like to donate towards 2021 Stewardship but feel it’s too late to pledge? No problem! Fill out your pledge for 2022 and then make a One Time Donation for 2021 to be a Steward of 2021.
“If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; He gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.
And He shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one He gives, and upon the other He bestows gifts. And He both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering. Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second.” – from the Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom