What happens if we raise more money than we have budgeted for 2018? It may seem like “my giving doesn’t really make a difference” if the pledges are quickly approaching, or have even exceeded, the budget amount for this year.
But that’s not the case!
Pledging is important because it allows our church to plan for what it might expect to receive in a calendar year. Based on that expectation, goals can be finalized, plans can be implemented, purchases can be made.
But pledging is just one aspect. The money still has to be received. Some years, dollars collected comes in below the amount that was pledged. Other times, like in 2016 and 2017, giving exceeds pledging.