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Pledging as a spiritual practice
HOW MUCH SHOULD I PLEDGE?
Determining the amount of your annual pledge is between you and God. However, as you make this important decision, reflecting on your vision of stewardship may be beneficial. It has been suggested that we consider our personal vision of stewardship in terms of a spectrum:
I give because I am supposed to give — a sense of duty
I give to pay my own way — a sense of fairness
I give to return a portion of my blessings — a sense of gratitude
I give to keep church ministries free to all — a sense of generosity
What matters most is reflecting on where you are and where you are going as you move along this progression. When you push yourself to another level, you will find your faithfulness expanding as well.
WHAT IS A TITHE?
A tithe is 10% of your income. The Episcopal Church has affirmed the tithe as the minimum standard for giving and encourages its members to tithe or be working toward a tithe. A tithe may sound like an unattainable goal. However, if you start with a certain proportion of your income and increase the percentage each year, you will eventually reach a tithe.