WHAT DO OUR FUNDS TO THE UPSTATE NY SYNOD SUPPORT?
As members of the ELCA, Bethlehem Lutheran Church pledges 13% of its yearly revenue to the Upstate New York Synod. The collective pledges of congregations in our synod are put to work on our behalf in a variety of ways.
WE ARE A CHURCH THAT BELIEVES GOD IS CALLING US INTO THE WORLD – TOGETHER
Ninety-four percent (94%) of the synod’s income comes from congregational mission support and giving. The balance of our income comes from interest and dividends from our investments, grants from the churchwide office, such as the one that supports our Director for Evangelical Mission, and reimbursements for shared staff and special events. Last year 40% of the mission support was shared with the wider church supporting God’s work around the world. The remaining funds help to support our congregations, leaders, and the many ministries around our synod including those lifted up in the publication Proclaiming Hope which can be found at http://www.upstatenysynod.org/phocadownload/proclaiminghope.pdf. Individuals make a difference through their regular giving of offerings in their congregations. Congregations make a difference by sharing a portion of their offerings with the synod. We invite your prayers to encourage and strengthen God’s work in our synod. Individual financial gifts to support ministries like those included here are also welcome.