As a society, we’re not so great at talking about money. We’re taught to avoid it in polite company and, even when we’re supposed to talk about it, we’re rarely given the tools to engage in meaningful conversations about our finances. When it comes to church, we’re even more tongue-tied. The intersection of faith and money feels difficult and challenging. But, here’s the thing:
Jesus talked [a lot] about money. Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were concerned with how to handle money and possessions. In the Gospels, an amazing one out of ten verses (288 in all) deal directly with the subject of money.1
Even 2000 years ago, Jesus knew that talking about money – how we use it and where it comes from – was the only way to save us from being consumed by it. Here at South Church, we believe in cultivating faithful, and transparent conversations about finances – both our personal finances and church finances.
We’re proud that 100% of our church budget is made possible by South Church families.
Unlike some churches that are supported by a denomination, South Church is 100% supported by families in the church. Some of those families are from generations past who left legacy gifts, but the vast majority are folks you see each and every Sunday. That is why every gift – no matter how big or small – can have an impact, and why we depend on every member and friend of South Church to prayerfully discern at what level their family can support our ministries.
When you give to South Church, you’ll always know where your gifts are going.
At South Church, we prioritize mission trips for our youth, meals for our hungry brothers and sisters, and affordable housing for our neighbors. From local soup kitchens and international disaster relief charities, to staff budgets and building maintenance, no matter the size of your gift you’ll be able to see how we use every dollar to minister to the greater Andover community and the world. Our financial administrator and church leaders work hard to prepare yearly narrative budgets that detail how the church finances have been used. Throughout the year, our church council receives monthly updates about the financial health of our church. When you take a look at the ministries of South Church, and how we use gifts, we think you’ll feel good about what you find.
Every gift – no matter how big or small – matters.
As a church supported 100% by our members and friends, every gift goes a long way. Most families support South Church by making a yearly “pledge.” Every year, families prayerfully consider how much they feel called and capable of giving to the church. There is no correct amount nor amount too small. Some families pledge $10 a month, while others pledge $5000 a year. The average pledge is around $2500 a year. While life situations arise and we are not always able to fulfill our pledge – grace abounds! Even when we’re uncertain about what next year will bring, any amount helps our volunteer leaders budget and plan ministries for the coming year.