Stewardship Frequently Asked Questions

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Stewardship Frequently Asked Questions

 

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How much should I pledge?

This is a personal decision. Everyone has different resources, different demands on those resources, and different priorities. Some numbers that might help provide some context as you prayerfully consider your gift of treasure:

  • Knox is 100% self-funded and receives no financial support from the Presbytery or any other organization.
  • Approximately 80% of our church’s revenue comes from pledged giving
  • $1.3 million of total funding came from 363 families who pledged an average of $3,642 per year for 2016.
  • For 2017 we are seeking at least a 10% increase in pledged revenue as part of our Strategic Vision Plan

Can I give without pledging?

Yes. We prefer that our congregation pledge so we can better budget and plan. But if you choose not to pledge, the church will gratefully accept your gifts of time, talent, and treasure however you make them.

Can I schedule my pledge distributions to fit my schedule?

Where possible, we like to have pledges paid evenly over the year, as this helps with cash flow. However, we appreciate that your circumstances may dictate a different schedule and we are happy to accommodate your schedule.

How does auto debit work?

To make pledging easier, we can set up an auto debit process that will automatically withdraw your monthly pledge amount from your designated bank account. We encourage you to take advantage of this program. Please contact Michal Baker, Knox’s Financial Administrator, at 630-615-4301 or if you would like more information or to sign-up for the Auto Debit Program.

How else does Knox receive revenue to make up the remaining 20%?

As indicated, we depend on pledges for the vast majority (80%) of our funding. In our 2016 budget, other sources included restricted savings accounts, fees & registration for programs, non-pledge giving, and rental income from our properties on Gartner and Basswood. It is important to note that none of these other sources are guaranteed, at current or at any other level, in 2016.

Is there good happening now?

Absolutely. We face challenges, but Knox is a vibrant Church entering an exciting period of growth and opportunity. We are planning new Saturday services that offers Knox renewed energy, and we have an amazing staff with a lot of volunteers to back them up (we could use more, hint, hint). What we will be able to do as a Church is literally up to us. More mission? More music? More Christian education? More community outreach? More everything? Anything is possible with your contribution of time, talent, and treasure.

More questions?

Please feel free to contact any member of the Stewardship and Cash Management Council at or contact Michal Baker, Knox’s Financial Administrator, at 630-615-4301 or

Who are the members of the Stewardship and Cash Management Council?

The following people happily give of their time to serve the congregation. staff, and our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the head of our church:

  • Rev. Clint Roberts, Senior Paster and Head of Staff
  • Michal Baker, Financial Administrator
  • Clayton Thomson, Elder and Council Moderator
  • Mike Williams, Elder & Treasurer
  • Bob Badertscher, Council Member
  • Rene DeConing, Council Member
  • Randy Johnson, Council Member
  • Charles O'Neill, Council Member
  • Jim Sault, Council Member
  • Jean Van Keppel, Council Member
  • Terry Wallace, Council Member

 

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