PLEDGING

Frequently Asked Questions

What is stewardship?

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

  2. At Saint James, 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 Saint James Church. Pledging is a response to God’s call and abundance in our own lives: it is a statement of thanksgiving. It is not a legal contract. If circumstances change during the year and the pledge cannot be fulfilled, the giver is not responsible for the unpaid remainder.

Why do we need annual pledges?

Annual pledges support everything we do and are at Saint James Church — 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 Saint James — 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 Michigan and national church.

Who can make a pledge?

Anyone and everyone! In particular, YOU can make a pledge to Saint James Church!

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

Weekly non-pledge offerings amount to approximately 33% 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 60% of the church’s income. The remaining 2% comes from incidental sources such as building use fees, interest, and in-kind gifts.

Can’t we just rely on the endowment?

We do not currently have an endowment for operations. All annual expenses are covered by annual giving. In your estate planning, please remember Historic Saint James’ Church.

What is the Crowley Fund for Capital Improvements?

While day-to-day operations are supported by The General Fund, large facility improvements are funded through the Crowley Fund for Capital Improvements, named after a former rector who became bishop. Significant needs, such as for the boiler, roof, and LED lighting, are provided for by parishioner pledges to Crowley.

How much should I pledge?

We believe strongly that our standard of giving should reflect our standard of living. Every family financial situation is different. 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 Saint James, 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:




When should I pledge?

We ask everyone to make a pledge on Pledge Sunday (this year, November 16) by bringing a pledge card to church, mailing it, or making a pledge online, 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 with a credit card or directly through my bank account?

You may pay your pledge with your Visa or MasterCard, although we ask that you consider adding an extra 3 percent to cover bank processing and transaction fees charged to Saint James. Click here to make a credit card payment, or contact our Treasurer, Curt Crysler at 734-676-1727. The same goes for paying directly from your account.

How can I set up a recurring credit card or debit payment?

We welcome recurring credit card and direct bank payments to fulfill a pledge. To set up a recurring payment, contact Curt Crysler, Treasurer at 734-676-1727.

Can I pay by a gift of stock, a donor-advised fund, or through 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 our Treasurer, Curt Crysler at 734-676-1727. We welcome all kinds of pledge payments!

What happens if I can't give as much as I 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 pledge?

Saint James Church's stewardship staff and finance office keep all pledges strictly confidential.



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Giving

Thank you for your interest in supporting Historic Saint James!

WE RELY on generous contributors like you for everything we experience at Saint James: our worship, music, and Christian education, our ministries that serve the vulnerable in God's name in Detroit and around the world, and upkeep of our treasured 1867 state landmark church.

Our online form accepts payments toward existing pledges, and one-time gifts to other Saint James ministries. To support the mission of Saint James Church financially Click HERE.

Please make a pledge of financial support to Saint James for the year ahead to help the church in our planning. Thank you for your faithful generosity! To Pledge Click HERE.

Your commitment in response to God’s blessings makes an impact on our worship, community life, and outreach to our neighbors. These “Frequently Asked Questions” can help you explore pledging HERE.

At Saint James, the practice of gratitude — thanking God for all that we have and all that we are — is central to a holistic life of faith. Thank you for making Historic Saint James a vital center for Christian ministry.