A Convenient Way to Pledge
What is E-Pledging?
Many people have a bank or other company take a regular payment directly from their checking account.
How does it work?
It’s very simple. On the date(s) you authorize we initiate a debit to your checking account and 5 days after that, a credit to your congregation’s account.
How will I know what is taken from my account?
You will see the charge on your bank statement. The date(s) of the charge will be those you have authorized. The amount of the charge will be the amount you have authorized us to debit.
How does my congregation keep a record of my contributions?
We send your congregation a quaterly statement listing the names of each contributor and the amounts contributed. Your congregation posts your gifts to the contributions record that they send to their contributors.
How does my congregation sign up?
Your congregation completes a Congregation Authorization Agreement (see right sidebar for download link) and sends it to the Finance Office with a voided check from their account.
How do I sign up?
Give an Individual Authorization Agreement (see right sidebar for download link) and a voided check from your account to your Treasurer who forwards it to the diocesan office. When the Finance Office receives it, we confirm to you in writing (by mail, fax, or e-mail) the day(s) of the month you want to make your contribution and the amount you want to give each time. We also confirm to you the date you wish your electronic contribution to begin.
Does my contribution have to be my regular annual pledge?
Your contribution through E-PLEDGING can be any recurring gift that you wish to make to your parish. If your pledge payments vary from time to time because you give a percentage of the amounts deposited into your checking account, you may wish to use E-PLEDGING to pay your pledge to a capital campaign, or you may wish to make a regular contribution to your parish’s outreach programs or for some other purpose. Your congregation can credit your gift to any qualified purpose you want. You just need to make sure your congregation is aware of your intention.
Is there a minimum or maximum?
No, it can be any amount you wish.
On what day of the month will my contribution be made?
We process the contributions on the 5th and the 20th of each month. You can give either on the 5th or on the 20th or on both dates. If you contribute twice a month, your contribution can be one amount on the 5th and another amount on the 20th.
Does it cost anything to participate?
No, we do not charge you or your congregation in any way. Your congregation receives the full amount of your gift, and there are no extra fees. However, your bank or your congregation’s bank may assess a transaction fee. Many banks charge fees for each deposit made or each check paid if minimum balance requirements are not met. You need to check with your bank if you think this may apply.
How do I make changes?
You need to give the Finance Office at least fifteen (15) days’ notice in writing of any change. You can let us know by mail, fax or e-mail. We will confirm your instructions in writing.
If I contribute through E-Pledging, how can I offer my gift at the altar? Will this lessen my participation in the service?
We may think that the gifts we offer to God in the Liturgy are the bread and the wine and the money we put in the alms basin. However, our offerings of bread and wine, and money or other gifts are signs of our offering of ourselves and our lives. (“I appeal to you…by the mercies of God, to present yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God…” [BCP, page 376, emphasis added]) The actual holy offering we make to God week by week is the offering of our whole lives. The bread, wine, money, canned goods, etc. that we present at the Altar are signs of this “living sacrifice” of all that we are. Maybe you pay your pledge monthly or mail your gift when you are away. This does not diminish the effective-ness of your gift as the sign of your weekly and daily selfoffering. Cash and checks are normal mechanisms in our society to signify this self-offering, but things have been done in every imaginable way in different times and places. Many people handle financial transactions electronically. If checks pass out of use, we will still offer ourselves to God; we may use different ways to signify our self-offering.
To sign up your congregation, print out the Congregation Authorization Agreement (see right sidebar for download link) and return it to the Finance Office. To sign up members of your congregation, print out the Individual Authorization Agreement (also in right sidebar), make as many copies as you need and submit them to the Finance Office. Download this form to make any changes to your current pledge.
You may also print out the E-pledge Flier (8½” x 14″ format) for distribution to your members. The flier includes information for your parishioners and the Individual Authorization Agreement.
One of our parishes has discovered Scriptural warrant for this high-tech service. Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, one of the first congregations to sign up, tells its members, “Paul of Tarsus said it best when he advised Philemon, ‘Charge it to my account'” (Philemon 18). Now is the chance to simplify your pledge payment by arranging for automatic deduction of your gift from your bank account.”
Questions? Please Contact the E-Pledging administrator (see top right sidebar).