St John Evangelical Lutheran Church

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Still have some questions after viewing our site?  Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that may answer your questions.  If you still have some questions, contact Angie Mackey, Financial Administrator.


Still have some questions after viewing our site?  Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that may answer your questions.  If you still have some questions, contact Angie Mackey, Financial Administrator.


Annual Pledging

What is Stewardship?

Stewardship is everything we do after we say “I believe”. It is the way we use the resources God has entrusted to our care- our time, our talents and our money - so that we can love God and our neighbor.


What is a pledge? 

A pledge/promise is your commitment to make a financial gift that supports the mission of St. John – Living in Service to Christ. Pledging is a response to God’s call and abundance in our own lives: it is a statement of thanksgiving.


Why do we need annual pledges/promises?

Annual pledges support everything we do and are at St. John — from paying clergy to supporting our outreach ministries to making possible our liturgical, education and music offerings. In order to know what we can do each year, we need to receive pledge commitments on which to develop an annual budget.


What happens to the money I give?

If no designation is made, the money you contribute will go into the General Fund (this would include loose cash given in the offering plate).

However, you can designate where you want your contribution to go - such as the Trust Fund, Building Fund, ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Disaster Relief, WELCA, etc. Throughout the year, there are also "special offerings" for other programs such as the ELCA World Hunger, WELCA, Building Fund, etc.

To learn more about these designations, visit the Your Generosity Matters tab.


How much should I pledge / promise?

We believe strongly that our standard of giving should reflect our standard of living.

We ask each person to consider making a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on his or her financial situation. A tithe (10% of your income) has long been held as the "standard of Christian giving". For most it is a goal to be reached through incremental increases each year. At St. John, every pledge - no matter what amount - makes a valued contribution to our mission and ministry.


If you would like to make a proportional pledge or tithe, the following chart may help:

Annual Gross Income     2%          4%           6%            8%            10%           12%

$10,000                             $200       $400       $600         $800         $1,000      $1,200

$20,000                             $400       $800       $1,200      $1,600      $2,000      $2,400

$30,000                             $600       $1,200    $1,800      $2,400      $3,000      $3,600

$40,000                             $800       $1,600    $2,400      $3,200      $4,000      $4,800

$50,000                             $1,000    $2,000    $3,000      $4,000      $5,000      $6,000

$75,000                             $1,500    $3,000    $4,500      $6,000      $7,500      $9,000

$100,000                           $2,000    $4,000    $6,000      $8,000      $10,000    $12,000

$150,000                           $3,000    $6,000    $9,000      $12,000    $15,000    $18,000

$200,000                           $4,000    8,000      $12,000    $16,000    $20,000    $24,000


When should I pledge?

We ask everyone to make a pledge during the annual Fall Stewardship Campaign by bringing a pledge card to church, mailing it, or making a pledge online, as this helps us establish our budget for the upcoming year. However, pledges are welcome throughout the year.


Do I have to pay when I pledge? Can I pay in installments?

A pledge is simply a promise to pay. You may fulfill your pledge in as many payments as you wish throughout the calendar year.


What methods are available for me to pay my pledge?

As more technology becomes available, things become easier. Even things we thought were simple before! Something as simple as putting cash or a check in an envelope for our offering has now taken on many forms.  There are ways to electronically contribute with Simple Giving or Online Giving (you can also utilize our app or the GIVE QR code!);  or you can contribute by utilizing a paper or cash method by utilizing offering envelopes. You can even text-to-give! Learn more about these methods on the Ways to Give tab.


What happens if I can't give as much as I pledged / promised?

While it's a commitment to your church and your fellow parishioners, your pledge is not legally binding. If your circumstances change, you may notify the church you need to change your pledge. If you're blessed with unexpected extra income, you're always welcome to increase your pledge as well!


Who knows how much I pledge / promise?

St. John’s stewardship staff and finance office keep all pledges strictly confidential. 


Year-End Giving


How do I find out the balance remaining on my pledge for the current year?

Contact Angie Mackey, Financial Administrator at 225-6747 before noon on the last business day of the calendar year.


How do I make sure my contributions are posted for this year?

Contributions must be received in the church office by December 31 or if mailing your contribution, must be     postmarked by December 31. Any donations dropped off at church in January cannot be recorded for the current year. You may also make a contribution online by December 31 by going to the GIVE/Pledge online page.


How do I make a "prepaid" contribution toward my pledge for next year?

Write on the memo line of your check and/or your offering envelope: “prepaid pledge” or use the last envelope in your contribution packet that is labeled as Prepay. This will indicate that the funds are to be listed as a contribution toward your pledge for next year, but it will be posted for tax purposes as a contribution during the current year. If doing this online, be sure to select the "Prepay" field when making your contribution.


Making a year-end contribution to the St. John Trust Fund

Giving to the St. John Lutheran Church Trust Fund is giving to the mission of this church.  The Trust Fund provides funds for St. John’s ministries, it’s partners and community organizations.  Gifts given are preserved as the principal, while a portion of the earnings are given annually to fulfill the mission of St. John.  If you’d like to receive your charitable income tax deduction for the current year, please have your donations to the church by December 31st.  Please keep in mind that gifts that are electronically transferred will be counted on the day the money enters the Trust Fund account. Contact Faith Simonieg, Trust Fund Director if you have any questions.


What is the ND TAX CREDIT?

North Dakota encourages charitable giving by offering a 40% tax credit for qualifying gifts.  St. John’s Trust Fund has a qualified endowment set up for you to receive this benefit by giving in a meaningful way to the church.  Get more information on this tax credit!


If you’d like to contribute to St. John this way, please make your check payable to the St. John Lutheran (Dickinson) ND Tax Credit Endowment Fund.  Contact Faith Simonieg, Trust Fund Director with any questions.



Generally, a qualified charitable distribution is an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over that is paid directly from the IRA to a qualified charity. Get more information on Qualified Charitable Distributions!









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St John Lutheran Church
146 6th AVE W
Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: (701) 225-6747
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