TAKING THE LEAP.

Now that Commitment Weekend has passed, do I still need to make a commitment if I haven’t yet, or can I skip that step and start giving?

The commitment process is a very important planning tool that influences financial decisions for projects and initiatives. In order to prepare and plan accurately, we ask that you please indicate your three-year financial commitment by one of these three ways: making a secure online commitment, dropping your commitment card in the offering at services, or mailing your commitment card to Kensington Church.

When and how do I start giving? 

You can give anytime now through March 2019. Most people will give in installments—either weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, randomly or in one lump sum. You can give via credit or debit cards, EFT, ACH, online banking bill pay, checks, cash, non-cash assets, transfers of stock, vehicle donations and more. When you give via cash or check, be sure it’s clearly marked “Every[one]”. To set up recurring e-giving toward your commitment, click “Begin Giving” below.

READY TO JUMP IN?

Questions and Answers

If you have a question that isn’t answered below, or just need a little more clarification, please reach out to us anytime. We can be reached by calling 248-786-0637 or emailing us at giving@kensingtonchurch.org. We’re happy to help–we’ll respond to all emails within 24 hours.

When do I give to the campaign?

Giving to the campaign is a marathon, not a sprint. Giving of this magnitude will take three years for many people to complete. The giving period begins in March 2016 and runs for three years, through March 2019. Some people will choose to give weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, randomly, or in one lump sum. All of these options work for us. Many will set up recurring e-giving via this website.

How do I give to the campaign?

Over the 36 months, we anticipate that people will contribute through all of the ways that people currently give to Kensington. This includes credit and debit cards, EFT, ACH, online banking bill pay, checks, cash, non-cash assets, transfers of stock, vehicle donations, and more. And all of the ways we receive contributions are still in play as well: e-giving through our website, in the offering pouch, in the mail, etc. When you give via cash or check, be sure it’s clearly marked “Every[one]”. To set up recurring e-giving toward your commitment, click “GIVE NOW” on the top navigation of this page. The staff in our Development Office is available to help answer any questions about giving that you might have. Give us a call or send us an email anytime: giving@kensingtonchurch.org or 248-786-0637. We’ll respond to all emails within 24 hours.

Can I set-up recurring giving?

You can set-up recurring giving by clicking on “Give Now” on this page. You have the option to set-up recurring giving on a certain day of each month, weekly, annually, quarterly or however it works best for you.

How can I track how much I've given to the campaign?

You will receive a quarterly giving statement from Kensington to see where you stand in fulfilling your commitment. Also, you can track your giving in relation to your commitment anytime at kensingtonchurch.org/giving and click “My Giving” on the navigation.

Do I still need to make a commitment? Can’t I just give?

The commitment process is very important. The commitment card is a planning tool that we use to make financial decisions as we pursue the projects that we have planned. Please fill out a commitment card or make an online commitment to inform us of the total amount that you plan to give toward the Every[one] campaign over the next three years. If you aren’t participating in the campaign, please let us know by marking “0” on your card, or filling out a “0” via online commitment so we know not to follow-up with you.

Am I making a pledge? I keep hearing the word commitment.

In different traditions, both terms refer to the concept of giving church leadership an indication of what a person or household will contribute over a period of time.

Are there other ways to register my commitment?

Sure thing! You can make a secure online commitment by clicking on “Commit Now” on this page. You can also drop your commitment card in the offering at any service, or mail it to Kensington Church, Attn Finance, 1825 E Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48085.

Will I be receiving a confirmation of my commitment amount?

Yes. Anyone who commits to Every[one] will receive a confirmation of that commitment to make sure it was registered correctly in our secure system at Kensington. 

I am intending to give monthly throughout the campaign. Does Kensington need to know that?

We won’t be tracking or recording a person’s intended pace or pattern of giving. As much as this is very helpful for cash flow planning, we will be trusting that the contributions will come in through a fairly consistent pattern over the 36 months. We have modeled our spending plan on the pace that we anticipate based on previous campaigns.

 

 

How many tax years does the capital campaign cover?

A gift to a qualified charitable organization (Kensington) may entitle you to a charitable contribution deduction against your income tax if you itemize deductions. Please keep in mind that the three calendar years of the campaign will cover four tax years. That means a commitment to Kensington can be fulfilled in years 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019—and the giving will officially be completed in March 2019.

When do I deduct the contribution from my tax return?

A contribution to a qualified charity is deductible in the year in which it is paid. Putting the check in the mail or e-giving to the charity constitutes payment. A contribution made on a credit card is deductible in the year it is charged to your credit card, even if payment to the credit card company is made in a later year.

I still have money going to Trans4matioNEXT. Where’s that money going now?

First of all, thank you! Your consistent giving to T4 not only helped that campaign make a huge impact, but it also provided the seed money to get Every[one] started on the right foot. At this point, all previous capital campaign projects are completed. Your over-and-above giving will now be re-routed to Every[one]. Please fill out your Commitment Card accordingly—in other words, put in the amount that you will anticipate giving to the new Every[one] campaign over the next 36 months, even if it’s the same amount that you previously were giving to T4. (Meaning, if you were/are still giving $100 per month to T4, and you plan to do this for the duration of the Every[one] campaign, then write $3600 on your Every[one] commitment card).

What if I have questions now or in the future about Every[one] related to my commitment, or to my giving?

Our Development Team at Kensington is committed to answering questions and helping with the tactical aspects of giving. They are the “customer service” branch of our church (even though that’s not their technical title). If you can’t find the answer on this website, or if you just need more clarification, call or email us anytime, and we’ll get back to you right away! We can be reached at giving@kensingtonchurch.org or 248-786-0637.

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF MONEY

Presenting our gifts to God is an act of worship. Think about it: everything we have comes from God. If He is so generous to us and we want to become more like Him, we must prioritize our standard of giving over our standard of living. Where we put our money, we put our life. Let’s put it into something with eternal value. Consider these four points to the spiritual side of money:

1

God owns everything.
When we think about personal finance, it’s easy to make plans about what we’re going to do with “our money.” But when we think about “our money,” it’s important to understand what that really means. The money isn’t ours in the sense that we own it; it’s simply ours in the sense that we’re responsible for managing it. The truth is, everything we have belongs to God.

2

Everyone is investing in something.
We’ve been taught to keep careful watch on our financial portfolios. But God offers us the opportunity to invest in our eternal portfolio. His plan promises eternal yield for God’s Kingdom.

3

Jesus invites us to live in abundance.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus said He has come to give not just life, but life in abundance through Him. The Bible teaches that an abundant life is a life lived for God.

4

How we handle our money and possessions shows how fearlessly we abide in Him.
The temperature of our faith is closely linked to how we handle the resources that God has given each of us.

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

matthew 6:24

IT TAKES EVERY[ONE]

The beauty of a community working together is that everyone has something to offer. If each household regards the campaign with sincerity and sacrifice, many different gifts could add up to a sizable amount. The graphic on this page shows one scenario using a diversity of gift levels to reach $30M. It’s a big number, but a realistic one. To reach our goal, it will take thousands of individuals and families accepting the invitation and challenge to depend on God and believe wholeheartedly in the mission of Kensington.

Over a 3-year period, our gifts can add up to be a lot bigger than we ever imagined…

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HOW DO I DECIDE?

When it comes to giving, our first response is often, “We don’t have any room in our bank account.” But sometimes we need to examine our lifestyle as much as our assets.

Making a small change in priorities can make a huge difference.

Once our hearts (and wallets) are committed to accepting the invitation and challenge to depend on God and believe wholeheartedly in the mission of Kensington, there are a couple of ways you can think about the parts and pieces that will add up to your 3-year financial gift.

Click on the lines below and type in numbers as a guide to reach your total giving amount.


BUDGET/CASH FLOW

Dollar percentage of budget or cash flow, beyond regular tithing and giving, allocated to the capital campaign.

REPRIORITIZE

Give up something you love for a priority that you love more.

COMMIT THE UNEXPECTED

Commit your tax return, bonus, inheritance or any extra funds.

GOD FACTOR

What could happen that we have no knowledge of?

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