One of the most important characteristics of St. Stephen’s is our commitment to live within our means to the best of our ability.  During the years when we were living under the covenant with the breakaway Anglican group (July 2007 through June 2014), we struggled to grow both in number of worshippers as well as financially.  There were many reasons for this, explained in the history section of this Profile.  Through those years and to the present day, however, our congregation has always committed to meet our financial responsibilities.

 

There are many areas that may be covered in a larger church’s budget that are unfunded at St. Stephen’s.  We are blessed to have individuals who pay some of these costs and volunteers who do an incredible amount of work at the parish, including administrative work, staffing the office, preparing the Sunday bulletin, minor repairs and housekeeping.

 

Our top budget priorities are to pay our operating costs, clergy salary and benefits and our Diocesan assessment and to give 10 percent of our pledge income to outreach grants.  All other spending categories are funded according to the income we receive.  Our typical budget is very conservative and in recent years we have managed to avoid red ink.  As our congregation continues to grow, as we continue to expand our outreach programs, adult education formation, Sunday School (focused on Godly Play) and a commitment to fund our nursery, we are blesse with good growth both in attendance and in giving.

 

St. Stephen’s by the numbers:

 

Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Pledging Units

12

15

13

20

27

29

Average Pledge

$3,235

$2,819

 $3,934

$3,346

$3,272

$3,343

Average Attendance

21

30

30

40

43

45

Active Members

35

40

42

55

59

68

Sunday School

2

8

10

10

13

13

Adult Education

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14

30

21

25

 

Click here to view our parish budget for 2018.