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Should We Switch Our Fiscal Year?” Response Letter

Letter  Letter
  • Author: Dean Piper Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Stewardship Key Leader
  • Updated: 06/17/2008

In a recent newsletter I wrote that I "would like to learn from others whose fiscal year is other than the calendar year.  What are the benefits?  What are the disadvantages?  What do you recommend a congregation do to implement such a change?"

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--Jerry Hoffman

Dean Piper Writes:

I read with interest the inquiry and your answer to it about changing the fiscal year.  We had several congregations (3 as I remember) who did this in South Carolina.  They too soon found themselves mixed up in their Stewardship cycle.

I often recommended that churches stick with the calendar year for budgeting purposes but hold their financial Stewardship Appeal in the Spring in order to separate it from their budget.  A big emphasis was placed on "the need of the giver to give" and not "the need of the church to receive."
However churches were much more open to this idea if spoke about making pledges in September rather than early May.  Like you said, our mentality just kind of circles around the school year.

I still believe in the ideal of Spring pledging.  I just don't know how it has worked out in actuality.

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