How do we support these ministries?
The main source of Missions’ Funds is from the church’s annual budget via tithes and offerings. Session has traditionally budgeted between 8-10% of general fund pledges, non-pledges, and loose offerings to the Mission Committee. The Mission Team then decides how to allocate that money among many local and global projects that St. Andrew’s supports.
The substantial estate of Mary Kay Tompkins was left to St. Andrew’s with the requirement that it be available to help needy people in Pima County. Because of her generosity, we can afford more significant gifts to deserving local individuals and organizations.
During the year the congregation has the opportunity to participate in special mission offerings such as the Youth 30 Hour Famine, Change for Children, and a special project for a Christmas offering. The Missions Team does not allocate money from the budget to these programs.
DESIGNATED MISSION SUPPORT
Occasionally, St. Andrew’s members designate funds to a particular mission. That money is sent directly to the program of choice.