Giving at South Church

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.

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We’re proud that over 90% of our budget is made possible by South Church families.

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.

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 the size – makes a big difference.

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.

What is a pledge?

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.

There are three easy ways to pledge

1. Realm

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

2. Google Form

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.

3. Pledge Card

If you didn’t receive a pledge card in the mail, or need a new one, let us know.

Because people like you choose to make recurring gifts, we use the offering time during worship to support a different mission partner each month.

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

  • Sept/Oct 2021 UTEC
  • July/August 2021 Missions Impact Fund
  • June 2021 LGBT Asylum Task Force
  • May 2021 NAMI Massachusetts
  • April 2021 Honduras Hope
  • March 2021 RIP Medical Debt
  • February 2021 Common Cathedral
  • January 2021 Lawrence Boys & Girls Club/Violence in Boston
  • 2020: DigDeep, Andover Veteran Services and Merrimack Valley Interfaith Food Fund, UTEC, Habitat for Humanity, Andover Community Trust, Andover School Nutrition, Lazarus House, Neighbors in Need, Andover Community Trust, Samaritan Fund, and Common Cathedral

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For the month of October, our missions team is asking for donations for UTEC – igniting and nurturing the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success…

UTEC is dedicated to helping young people overcome the very real challenges of poverty, gang involvement, unemployment, and cultural barriers that are pervasive in our communities of Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA. UTEC uses a proven model to create success and better futures for our young adults, and ultimately, for all of us. When impact young adults succeed, our communities see the greatest positive impact on public safety, public health, and economic development. For more information about UTEC, click here. 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.

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In addition to our monthly mission partners, we have core partners we support through your pledge.

Watch the videos or follow any of the links below to learn more about our core mission partners.

Andover ABC

Bread & Roses

Honduras Hope

Only a Child