|How the people of God use their resources matters. Throughout the Scriptures, it is both the privilege and responsibility of the people of God to care for each other, the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the servants of God, as well as the place of worship (see Leviticus 23:22, Deuteronomy 10:18, Luke 12:33, 1 Timothy 5:3, James 1:27, and dozens of other passages). This is part of the biblical concept of stewardship, an idea that includes caring for the numerous resources God has entrusted to us: time, finances, talent, and even Creation itself. At Christ Church, we trust that our community will not only see the value of ministry together, but will take responsibility for the right ordering of finances for our long term health and vitality as a work of God.
To this end, we share the information on this page in an effort to keep our community informed, to provide resources to help each person think through his or her personal stewardship, to demonstrate financial transparency, and to encourage all to give in appropriate ways to the church.
|2021 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
During the Easter season in 2021, we are focusing on stewardship. In particular, we are focusing on the important connection between Christian discipleship and generous stewardship. This focus includes special sermons, Zoom presentation from our treasurer, and other events along the way. As part of this focus, we are asking our members to think through their own giving -- whether you can commit to standing orders, whether it is the right amount or it can increased. It is important for the church member to take responsibility for funding the church, especially in such a difficult season as this pandemic. In order to make your intentions known, we ask you to fill out a stewardship form.
2021 Stewardship Form [pdf, 232kb]
|CORE FACTS ABOUT FINANCES AT CHRIST CHURCH
As we consider stewardship at Christ Church in particular, it is helpful to keep in mind some core facts about the church:
With these core facts in mind, our 2020 finances can be considered.
|Based on the 2019 totals, we have been projecting an income in 2020 of €213.445 and have approved a budget of €229.414. This means we will need to use €15.969 of our reserve funds this year in order to pay for our ministry commitments if we do not raise additional income from the giving of the church members. Given this, we ask the church community to prayerfully consider additional tithes and offerings.
If every regular member of Christ Church gave an additional €10 per month this year, we would more than make up the difference between projected income and expenses.
|CHRIST CHURCH FINANCES IN LIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC
This financial situation has been, of course, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our expenses remain fixed while our income from the plate collection and the church shop have dramatically decreased. We remain committed to providing as many services as we can by adapting to living out our community online. We appreciate that this is a difficult time financially for many people, and we also hope that each member of our community would consider their stewardship in light of the challenging circumstances for the church as well. This is a good time for a special gift or increasing regular giving.
|GIVE TO CHRIST CHURCH
More information about giving to Christ Church can be found on our giving page. We welcome cash gifts in the offering, standing orders through Bank Austria (see below) or PayPal transfers in Euros, British Pounds, and US Dollars. Currently, the most useful form of income for us to receive is a monthly standing order as it allows us plan more effectively for our budget. But all gifts are welcomed.
BANK: Bank Austria
IBAN: AT85 1100 0005 2407 3400
ACCOUNT NAME: Christ Church Support Association
|RESOURCES FOR STEWARDSHIP AT CHRIST CHURCH
In an effort to help the members of Christ Church to think through their personal stewardship, we recommend the following resources: