Stewardship Challenge

Recently we received an online pledge from one of the June 2014 Confirmands with a pledge for 2015.  We were thrilled! At the bottom of the pledge form in the notes section, NPC’s Confirmand wrote:  “I challenge all of the recent Confirmands to pledge as well.” Thank you, Adam, for your pledge and for encouraging your…

Why Stewardship Matters

Northminster has a proud tradition of providing quality Christian education beginning from its early days as a Sunday School for Evanston children. Christian education remains a fundamental ministry at Northminster today. Each year a new group of young confirmands examine their faith under the guidance of dedicated Christian educators. Yet, it is a responsibility that…

Celebrate Stewardship

Recent “Stewardship Straight Talk” pieces have provided transparency into Northminster’s finances and helped inspire us to “Imagine the Possibilities” of our shared future.  But, let’s take a moment to celebrate the good work that stewardship has enabled. A few anecdotes reveal how we’ve been touched in some way at Northminster: Christian education, pastoral counseling, lessons…

Why Stewardship Matters

Northminster has a long tradition of concern for others.  In fact, the concept is engraved above the door to the sanctuary.   We “Enter to Worship” and “Depart to Serve.” One way Northminster serves the broader community is through the Family Promise program where we provide a home for one week for those who are in…

From the Stewardship Committee: Straight Talk Summary

Over the last several weeks the Stewardship Committee has offered “straight talk” regarding the Church’s financial situation.  Northminster believes in 100% transparency, and our financial statements are available to all members. Our goal has been to take you beyond the numbers on the page to help you see specifically how those finances affect our Church….

Stewardship Straight Talk: Membership

As Presbyterians, we believe God calls people to faith and to membership in the Church. Those who enter the covenant of membership accept that God’s grace calls forth a response of faithfulness.  Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. The…

Stewardship Straight Talk: Personnel

We at Northminster are blessed with an incredibly talented, faithful, and dedicated church staff.  Understandably, our operating budget reflects the realities of maintaining our current level of resources:  over 70% of our pledge dollars received is spent to cover our staff’s salaries and benefits. Simply put, if our stewardship giving is not sufficient to cover…

Stewardship Straight Talk: Music

In our recent Mission Study, members cited music as one of the most cherished aspects of Northminster: incredible organ and piano accompaniment, the Chancel Choir, soloists, hymns sung together, special musicians, adult and youth hand bell choirs and the Cherub Choir. If we had more resources, we could: Have brass musicians on Easter Continue to…

Stewardship Straight Talk: Family Ministry

In 2012 Northminster made the commitment to be intentional about ministering to families by commencing a Family Ministry initiative.  A church blessed with demographics including young parents with children it recognized the importance of meeting them where they are by offering opportunities to engage as a family and to meet other families. Now in its…