Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Generously responding to God’s gifts is a reflection of spirituality and recognition that we are the stewards of his bounty. It is a way of life — something we do day in and day out. In addition to weekly offerings and other direct donations there are several avenues for giving at the Cathedral:
Annual Giving — The Every Member Canvass (EMC)
The ministries and mission of the Cathedral are made possible by our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure. Our worship services, outreach to the community, tending to those in need through pastoral care, the spiritual formation of our congregation, our wonderful music — all of this comes from us. And our success depends on our generosity.
The EMC allows us to pledge our support for the Cathedral’s work each year. Pledging is easy and can be done online by clicking on the button to the right. There are multiple options for payment as well.
Building Our Legacy — The Cathedral Endowment
Without the Endowment, the Cathedral would be a very different place. The Endowment has supported the mission and ministries through good times and bad, and has played an integral role in the creation of several outreach facilities such as Omega House, COMPASS, New Hope Housing, and the Beacon. We have been able to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and those who come after us must be able to do the same.
There are several ways to give to the Endowment. You can make a long term commitment by pledging to Building Our Legacy; you may directly donate cash or securities, or you may include the Cathedral in your estate planning by joining the Bishop Richardson Society (see below).
Planned Giving — The Bishop Richardson Society
The Bishop Richardson Society has been established to recognize those who have made bequests to the Cathedral in their wills or other estate plans. Those who have remembered Christ Church Cathedral in their financial planning; i.e., wills, trusts, annuities, insurance are recognized each year on All Saint’s Sunday at the 11 a.m. service and have their names added to the ground plaque near the Cathedral’s front door. The Cathedral does not need a copy of your will or other documents, and no specific amount needs to be left. All that is required is that you notify the Cathedral that you have joined. For more information contact Karen Alston, Minister for Stewardship (713-590-3338).
There are numerous ways to give to the support of the Cathedral beyond the programs listed above. If you wish to make a memorial donation, a contribution to a specific program, ministry or mission, or simply want to donate to the Cathedral’s ministry and mission in general, this can be handled in several ways. Please see our options and methods for giving or simply click on the button to the right to give online.
Stewardship at the Cathedral is not merely fundraising.
It is a grateful response to God’s many blessings. It is more than an annual EMC fund drive, a capital campaign and a planned giving society, though to be sure those are extremely important in sustaining our ministries and mission. Becoming good stewards for us is centered in our baptismal covenant to seek and serve Christ in all persons. That covenant informs all that we do here at Christ Church Cathedral, steering us to find ways to express our profound gratitude for what God has done in our lives and locate ways to give back to the world he loves and redeems.