All we are and all we have come from God.
Generosity is our response to God’s unconditional love and
an expression of our gratitude.
Generosity requires us to examine what is meaningful in our lives,
where we place our priorities, and how we nurture those priorities.
Generosity and gratitude turn what we have into enough.
We commit ourselves:
To trust in God’s abundant provision.
To love one another and serve others in Christ,
by sharing ourselves and our gifts from God.
To prayerfully discern how God is calling us to use the financial
resources entrusted to our care.
To practice radical generosity,
striving toward the biblical standard of the tithe.
We invite our congregation:
To examine your relationship with God as it relates to your possessions.
To join us in giving generously and meaningfully in order to sustain
the mission and ministry of Good Shepherd.
Heritage Society is comprised of members and friends of the parish who have included Good Shepherd in their will, or have made provisions for the future of the church in some other way. The Heritage Society ensures that Good Shepherd will continue to be a beacon of faith, hope, and love for years to come.
While few of us can give substantial sums of money to charitable purposes while we are alive, many of us do have the opportunity to leave bequests when we die. This is often done by making a church or charity a beneficiary in a will.
Everything we do at Good Shepherd is for God’s glory. Our Generosity Statement reminds us that “all we are and all we have comes from God.” Heritage Society is about responding personally to God’s grace, and also, helping the next generation encounter Christ in this unique, spiritual, welcoming place.
Good Shepherd Church is here because of generations past who saw the value of the church in society. They made financial promises to ensure that people would be married and babies would be baptized for decades to come. They gave to ensure our capacity to meet people wherever they are. Consider supporting the future of Good Shepherd with the confidence that your gift is always going to be about the glory of God and loving one another through worship and service.
Personal witness – something as simple as the listing of one’s name – can be an important encouragement to others to step forward and act. With that in mind, our annual report to the congregation will contain a list of those who have taken the step toward securing the future of Good Shepherd through a bequest or life income gift. We also plan to recognize members of Heritage Society for their foresight and commitment to Good Shepherd’s ministry of love and concern for others annually on Good Shepherd Sunday and at other times throughout the year.
We believe that Generosity is a response to God’s unconditional love and an expression of our gratitude today, tomorrow and forever.
Have you remembered good Shepherd in your will? Would you like to?
From the Good Shepherd Generosity Statement
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at our physical address:
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
400 Seabrook Road,
Tequesta, FL 33469
Our pledge campaign for 2022 is underway! We believe that generosity is directly connected to gratitude. Click here to see materials and get information about our current goals and plans including a narrative budget, podcast series, introduction video, online pledge card, and frequently asked questions.
Why we give has been a core question for the past few years as we reimagine ministry with maximum impact in the world. As our fall campaign unfolds, we have a discussion series and presentations meant to engage and inspire. We asked why you give and this is what you told us:
Toward the end of October, we will be sending out estimate of giving (pledge) cards for the 2022 budget year. Your estimate of giving is an intention to give only. The amount of your gift may be changed at any time by contacting the church office.
Click below to make your estimate online.
Every year brings new changes and options for demonstrating generosity through pledge gifts. We know you have questions! If you ever need additional guidance, please speak to our parish administrator, our bookkeeper, or our treasurer.
Please take some time to review our narrative budget and then consider how God is calling you to respond. We believe that generosity is directly connected to gratitude.
This first week in our Giving 101 podcast series, Fr. Derek, Fr. Doug, and Teresa Grashof share their thoughts on Why We Give and how Good Shepherd is living into God’s vision of generosity and gratitude.
During this second week in our Giving 101 podcast series, Fr. Derek interviews Dr. Steven Tomlinson, his former professor and mentor at the Seminary of the Southwest, concerning A Theology of Giving.
During this third week in our Giving 101 podcast series, Fr. Derek, Fr. Doug and Patti Hamilton, Chair of the Good Shepherd Giving Team, discuss practical aspects of giving in a segment entitled, Action Steps to Giving.
During this third week in our Giving 101 podcast series, Fr. Derek and Fr. Doug are joined by O'Neal Bardin and Rob Taylor of the Good Shepherd Giving Team, discuss giving that addresses different timescales in a segment entitled, Action Steps to Giving.
An estimate of giving is an intention to give in a specified amount. It is also commonly referred to as a ‘pledge.’ Keep in mind, if your situation ever changes throughout the year you can change the amount by contacting our bookkeeper.
An estimate of giving is important for the planning of ministry. When we know how much we can expect, we are able to make decisions about our ability to provide programs, technology, and staffing that allow ministry to grow.
Giving falls into three main categories:
TODAY: Annual operating budget; comprised of your estimates of giving and regular gifts
TOMORROW: Fund specific gifts that are for the sole purpose of supporting the designated ministry
FOREVER: Endowment, Investment Funds, Bequests, and Estate Planning
Your Estimates of Giving(pledges) keep our doors open, allow us to maintain safe and accessible space for worship and ministry, and pay salaries and benefits of clergy and lay employees.
If you ever wish to know what our greatest need is at any given time, please contact us at email@example.com.
You can fill out an Estimate of Giving card and mail it in or bring it to church to put in the offering plate. You may pledge online at our Giving page. You can pledge through Realm, our online directory. You may call our bookkeeper to make a pledge or discuss particular payment options.
We accept cash, checks, credit cards, ACH bank transfers, stock gifts, gifts from donor advised funds, IRA distributions and wire transfers for major gifts. These options are all described on our giving page.
If you would like giving envelopes for regular cash or check gifts, just let us know!
Yes! Online giving is secure through our online merchant fund processor. Currently, we are contracted with PushPay so when you click on the Give Online button you will see that name in the URL.
Very few necessary staff and one clergy member will be able to access the information. Individual pledge amounts are not shared with any financial committees or Vestry.
Pledge gifts (your estimate of giving) are applied to our annual operating budget. If you wish to support a specific ministry, that would be a separate gift not applied to your pledge amount.
Keep in mind, our operating budget allows us to remain open and able to serve the parish and greater community. It provides competent leadership and support staff to enable service, education, care, and evangelism.
Yes! Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is a registered 501 (c)(3) religious organization. However, recent changes in tax law have increased the standard deduction, so you may want to consult a tax advisor on the best way to realize tax benefits from your gifts.
As we gradually open our campus, we at Good Shepherd have much to be grateful for. Since March 2020, when our doors were closed because of high COVID-19 infection rates in our area, we were able to pivot and develop digital resources to enable worship, fellowship, outreach, and pastoral care in creative new ways. We are so grateful that you are letting us know how much the continuation of these ministries means to you, and we will continue many of these digital offerings even as we reopen our campus. Our reach has now expanded to families and friends in other states, and countries around the world.
Your continued giving during the closure allowed us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a time of uncertainty and brings peace to parishioners and the community. We thank you!
Please be sure to read our generosity statement, posted at the top of this page. This statement, which came from your own words in response to our "Why" campaign last year, witnesses to all our conviction that all we are and all we have come from God!