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Frequently Asked Questions

WHY SHOULD I GIVE TO PLYMOUTH?

From a spiritual perspective, we believe that God calls all of us to give joyfully and generously in response to all that God has done for us.  We give money not “to Plymouth” but “through Plymouth” to God.

From a practical Perspective, your contributions support the many ministries of Plymouth that nurture this congregation and care for the community around us.  Giving to Plymouth helps our programs to flourish from weekly worship to fellowship events to shared mission projects.

WHAT IF I’M NOT ABLE TO MAKE A FINANCIAL PLEDGE?

That is fine! You are encouraged to pledge the time, talent and amount you are able to.

Giving of your time means volunteering for ministries you are interested in, like serving dinner at Chapman Center for the Homeless or serving on a committee. Giving of your talent means offering special skills you might have. Such as accounting and financial skills that would help in serving as Church Treasurer or presenting a class on an area of expertise. Giving an amount speaks to supporting the church financially.

Some people are able to give in one, two or all three ways. What is important is that you reflect on how God is calling you to support the church and answer that call.

WHY SHOULD I PLEDGE AHEAD OF TIME? CAN’T I JUST PUT MONEY IN THE PLATE?

You are welcome to put money into the plate. However, making pledges in advance is helpful from both a spiritual perspective and a practical perspective.

Spiritually making a pledge can be a time to think about how God is calling you to use your resources in the future and to make a commitment to follow that call. For twenty-first century people of faith, pledging can be a way to make joyful and generous giving a top financial priority.

CAN I CHANGE MY PLEDGE AFTER I MAKE IT?

Yes, if your circumstances change in any way, you are always welcome to call or email the church office (Scott Powers Scott@plymouthmiami.org or 305-444-6521) and increase or decrease your pledge.

WILL OTHERS KNOW HOW MUCH I PLEDGE?

Only if you tell them. Pledges are submitted to the Plymouth office and are known only to the Pastor, the Comptroller and two other office staff people who work with the church’s accounting system.

WHY DOES PLYMOUTH ASK FOR MEMBERS’ MONEY WHEN WE HAVE THE PLYMOUTH FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT?

We are blessed to have an endowment made of gifts from Plymouth members from ages past who were committed to seeing this church’s ministries continue for centuries to come. The endowment supports part of Plymouth’s annual budget but we cannot support the entire budget and preserve the endowment’s corpus to serve us long into the future. Your pledge helps to minimize the reliance on the endowment so it will serve us well through the generations to come.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?

That personal decision is completely up to you. Pledges at Plymouth range from $50 to over $10,000 per year.  Some Plymouth members practice the idea of “tithing” to guide their giving. This means giving 10% of your income to Plymouth. This can be a challenge to many members so they begin gradually pledging one or two percent of their income, then gradually increasing that percentage over the coming years.

Pledges to Plymouth are tax deductible. You will receive statements throughout the year tracking your donations to Plymouth.  At the close of the calendar year, we will also provide you with tax documentation to be used with your tax preparation.
Last Published: November 7, 2019 10:50 AM