I don’t want you to feel like you are being forced to give anything. What I mean is this: the one who sows a small number of seeds will also reap a small crop, and the one who sows a generous amount of seeds will also reap a generous crop. Everyone should give whatever each has decided in her heart. They shouldn’t give with hesitation or because of pressure. God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:5b-7 Common English Version)
Many of us in ministry are just finishing or may even still be in the middle of our local Stewardship campaigns. It is the time of year that organizations look at the plans for the upcoming year and wonder about how to budget and plan for the following year.
RevGalBlogPals is doing the same thing. From today until December 21st, we will post about giving your time, talent and treasure to RGBP. We are a non-profit organization so monetary donations are tax-deductible. There is a PayPal button on the right sidebar that will allow you to make a one-time donation or a recurring donation. You may also send a check to RevGalBlogPals, 2101 W Oak Street, Denton, TX 76201-3722. Some of our donors send checks monthly through their banks.
As this campaign begins, we have 20 RevGals who have pledged a total monthly donation of $485, or approximately $25 each. The donations range from $5 – $50 per month. Those donations fund the ministry of RevGals including the salary of our Fearless Leader, the Reverend Martha Spong.
We do not pay Martha enough to cover the hours she commits to RevGals and we would like to be able to raise her part-time salary closer to a minimum wage range. Martha is the chief administrator of the Blog and the Facebook page. She is the coordinator for our continuing education events: the annual Big Event cruise, our new annual event on land called REVive, as well as smaller regional gatherings called ReGroup. Martha is also the pastor to many of us when we find ourselves in difficult calls or situations. She edited the upcoming RevGal’s book after organizing the authors and overseeing the contract with the publisher.
Here’s our dream: We would love to get to a monthly pledge range of $1000 per month, which would allow us to raise Martha’s salary to that amount. There are 2278 members of our Facebook group and 354 blog ring members, and also 3715 followers of this blog. We believe $1000 per month is a reasonable, attainable goal. We also welcome one time gifts, which will be used for operating expenses, including an update to Martha’s laptop, which is her mobile office.
Please join us in the financial support of RevGalBlogPals. Let us sow a generous amount of seeds and reap a generous crop that will offer support to clergywomen and their pals all over the world.
Amy Haynie for the Board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.