What Is Stewardship?

Stewardship is the expression of our congregation’s values and priorities, coupled with our commitment to joining God’s action in the world. God calls us to be responsible stewards of our time, talents and financial resources, all of which are critical to the worship, education, mission and fellowship at Westminster. During our annual stewardship campaign, we call upon the members of the Westminster congregation to pledge a portion of their financial resources so that we may efficiently and responsibly plan and budget for the church’s needs, both current and future.

These pledges enable Westminster to continue as the welcoming, nurturing and spiritual church home that it has become by

  • Attracting a talented and dedicated staff that is committed to the special needs of our congregation’s children, young adults, singles, families and seniors.
  • Supporting Westminster’s numerous mission projects that make such a positive impact on our local community, our nation and around the globe.
  • Providing for the delivery of beautiful music programs during worship and other special services.
  • Contributing to the invaluable Christian education programs and wonderful facilities that are used by the congregation and local community.

We encourage you to contact the Stewardship Committee, led by Tim Shaw and Bob Wood, at [email protected] or to contact Pastor Larry Hayward if you have any questions.

The stewardship campaign is intended to raise enough pledges to fund our annual operating budget. Through our Planned Giving Program, the Westminster Foundation is intended to complement the operating budget by providing the church with funding to meet additional long-term needs.

2020 Stewardship Survey

This year’s Stewardship Committee is busy rethinking many of our approaches to this important activity. The Stewardship team wants to ensure we are reaching out to our members in the most effective way, both for your comfort and for the campaign’s effectiveness.

To that end, we have developed an online survey to help us tune what we do and how we communicate it. We do not ask for any specific financial information in this survey and your responses will be anonymous. If you choose to participate in a follow-up conversation those responses will be kept confidential. Our focus is on patterns of participation and motivations of that participation.

This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Please consider participating and helping the committee do its best work by clicking on the button below.

2020 Stewardship Survey

2019 Stewardship Campaign

Stewardship is an act of faith, and a core part of our membership pledge to this church. This year, we are returning to this essence of what financial support for Westminster is about. We hope you will use this season to realize anew the value you receive from this community and your share in helping it do good works. Most of all, though, we want to return to the Biblical messages about financial support, asking everyone to consider their pledge as a percent of their income, and begin a process to increase that proportion of what you have, perhaps even to a tithe, 10%.

As you may know, continued increases in funding help, at a minimum, to cover the normal cost of living increases for clergy and staff at Westminster, as well as the upkeep of our physical space. Notably, they will also help fund a year when we will hopefully again have four full-time clergy, a clear goal we all want. Beyond this, a significant portion of the budget increase is also directed towards our mission work, especially our support of the United Orphanage & Academy in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya. Further increases can increase our mission work, and can further build our already strong Christian formation work, music program, and fellowship activities. Please consider what proportion of what has been given to you you might share, and work in increase that percentage as you grow in faith and service.

You can make a pledge by clicking on the button below. Your pledge is confidential.

2019 Pledge Form