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Unlike some churches that are supported by a denomination, South Church is primarily supported by families in the church. Some are from generations past who left legacy gifts, but the majority are folks just like you. These funds support our pastoral staff, youth and music programs, community and mission outreach and maintaining our historic building.
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.
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.
As a church supported 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 $100 a month, while others pledge $5000 a year. The average pledge is around $3000 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.
A pledge is a good faith promise by church members to give a set amount over a calendar year to support South Church. Pledges help our church leaders draft a responsible budget for the coming year. Last year 225 households made a commitment to sustain our programs and outreach throughout the year. Families choose to fulfill their pledge in a variety of ways: Monthly electronic donations, weekly checks, and/or one-time stock donations.
You can use our secure, integrated church management software to make your pledge, set up your own recurring payments, and monitor your giving history. If you haven’t activated your account, email Joanne. If you need help registering, or making a pledge, watch these videos or email Joanne. You can always log-in at OnRealm.org
If navigating Realm is difficult for any reason, you can fill out this simple Google Form. You do not need a Google account. Note that this form will not allow you to set up options to fulfill your pledge, only record your pledge.
If you didn’t receive a pledge card in the mail, or need a new one, let us know.
Each Month, our Missions Team will select a new partner, locally or globally, to support. The team shares with us in worship why that partner was selected and invites us to make a gift. In 2020, you gave away over $55,000 to our mission partners through our Sunday offering alone! Thank you!
Monthly Mission Partners
Founded in 1918, the International Institute of New England (IINE) is one of the region’s oldest and largest non-profit social service organizations serving new Americans. The staff is the first to welcome newly arrived refugees at Logan or Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. They work closely with refugees in their first year in their new communities and provide a continuum of services to them during their first five years in the United States.
In 2019, more than 2,500 immigrants and refugees took part in IINE’s family reunification, education, skills training, job placement, and legal services programs offered in Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire.
Since 1980, IINE has placed more than 15,000 refugees in New England communities. Today, their Central American family reunification program is the largest in Greater Boston. The work is critical to the growth the region’s economy. Each year they place hundreds of well-trained and ambitious immigrants in jobs in companies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The International Institute is a leader in the creation of programs and services for new Americans. With more than 100 years of welcoming immigrants from every region of the world and more than 40 years of resettling refugees in New England, IINE is one of the few immigrant service providers in the region that specializes in receiving and placing refugees in local communities. Click here to read a great FAQ about the work of IINE.
You can support our Monthly Mission Partners by texting GIVETOSOUTHCHURCH to 73256. Use the drop-down menu to select where your gift is going, enter an amount and fill out the form or click here and select the “Monthly Mission Partner” fund here.
Watch the videos or follow any of the links below to learn more about our core mission partners.