Pledging FAQs

What is Stewardship?

Stewardship is the prayerful work of managing our time, talent and treasure to bring about God’s kingdom on earth.

At Redeemer, we believe that stewardship is a part of our spiritual journey and our relationship with God

What is a Pledge?

A pledge is your commitment to make a financial gift that supports the mission of Redeemer. Pledging is a response to God’s call and abundance in our own lives: it is a statement of thanksgiving.

Why do we need an annual pledge?

Annual pledges support everything we do and are at Redeemer — from paying clergy to supporting our outreach ministries to making possible our liturgical, education and music offerings. In order to know what we can do each year, we need to receive pledge commitments on which to develop an annual budget.

What happens to the money I give?

Your pledge supports everything we experience at Redeemer — worship, pastoral care, education programs, our social-outreach programs seven days a week, maintenance of our beloved buildings, and more.

Additionally, part of your pledge supports the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and national church. For more information,

Who can make a pledge?

Anyone and everyone! In particular, YOU can make a pledge to Redeemer! You can Pledge Online. You can also print a Pledge Card.

Don’t the contributions made in the weekly offering cover our expenses?

Weekly non-pledge offerings amount to approximately 5% of our annual budgeted revenue. The single most important source of funding for our ministries, however, comes from the payment of pledges made during our annual stewardship campaign. These gifts provide 61% of the church’s income. The draw from our endowment provides an additional 2% of budgeted income, and the remaining 31% comes from other sources such as the rental to Lexington Play care and the rental of our spire for use as a cell tower.

How much should I pledge?

We believe strongly that our standard of giving should reflect our standard of living. We ask each parishioner to consider making a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on his or her financial situation. A tithe (10% of your income) has long been held as the standard of Christian giving. For most it is a goal to be reached through incremental increases each year. At Redeemer, every pledge, no matter what amount makes a valued contribution to our mission and ministry.

If you would like to make a proportional pledge or tithe, the following chart may help: Proportional Giving

When should I pledge?

We ask everyone to make a pledge on or before Pledge Sunday (usually a Sunday in November) by  making a “pledge online”,  or by bringing a Pledge Card to church, or mailing it, as this helps us establish our budget for the upcoming year. However, pledges are welcome throughout the year

Do I have to pay when I pledge? Can I pay in installments?

A pledge is simply a promise to pay. You may fulfill your pledge in as many payments as you wish throughout the year. Pledges are to be fulfilled on a calendar year basis, beginning January 1.

Can I pay a gift of stock, thru donor-advised funds, or other means?

Yes, you may pay by a gift of stock or financial securities, or through a donor-advised fund. To make a gift of stock in payment of a pledge, or for all other questions, contact the Treasurer. We welcome all kinds of pledge payments!

What happens if I can’t give as much as I’ve pledged?

While it’s a commitment to your church and your fellow parishioners, your pledge is not legally binding. If your circumstances change, you may notify the church you need to change your pledge. If you’re blessed with unexpected extra income, you’re always welcome to increase your pledge as well!

Who knows how much I’ve pledged?
Your pledge will be known only by those individuals specifically authorized by the vestry to have financial information and is held in strictest confidence by those individuals.