Renovating and Rebuilding the Church

God is at work at ACP and within each of us! As we build his post-pandemic church, we must continue to support and invest in those areas that accomplish God’s work through ACP – through our worship services, our missions and outreach, and our gorgeous facilities which support our community. These ministries and those of you engaged in each of them are touching the lives of so many in our community!
 
We are immensely grateful for the great deal of staff and volunteer time and talent that runs these ministries. But as we all know, operating ACP also requires funding and strong stewardship of these funds. This is the focus of our two-part Generosity Campaign 2021-22, Renovating and Rebuilding the Church.
 

Generosity Campaign 2021-2022

  • Matching program for year-end 2021. We are delighted to give an update on the program by two generous donors to match up to 100,000€ of special, additional giving – above and beyond your regular giving. This is a huge opportunity for us to close the nearly 220,000€ financial gap for 2021 caused by the lack of weddings and lower rentals during the pandemic. Thanks to your amazing response, we are very close to meeting the the goal. The deadline for matching has been extended until Christmas, so please help us make the final push to 100,000€. Every Euro you give becomes two! By six, if you consider the French tax benefits of your giving!

 You can make your matching gift directly to the ACP or through the AFCU (for U.S. tax benefits). Please label these gifts: "Special Year-end 2021 donation" or "2021 Matching Opportunity." For questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Generosity Campaign 2021-2022

  1. Estimated giving in 2022. To lay the foundation for the post-pandemic church, we will focus in the next year on how giving is a blessing – we give through the church, not to the church. Stewardship is part of our recognition of God’s work in our lives and helps us achieve his mission through us. Please let us know here what you plan to give in 2022 here: , so that ACP can budget accordingly. Your Council members are already in the process of submitting their estimated giving commitments.

On Sunday 28 November, we will have a joyful celebration of our collective commitment to the ACP in 2022. On that Commitment Sunday, you will be able to present a paper pledge card or acknowledgement of your online pledge in the offering plate.

The amounts of any estimated and actual giving is kept strictly confidential, accessible only to ACP's Senior Pastor and finance/accounting team for processing donations and issuing tax receipts. Contact information is maintained in accordance with the ACP data privacy rules.

ACP is dependent on your continued giving – so if you stop giving then we will be unable to continue operating at our current level.

During the month of November, we will continue the weekly sharing by our ministries of both how they serve our Paris congregation and community but also what new things they have planned for 2022. During this period, we ask each of you to pray and reflect on how you can further God’s work through ACP. Any level of support is a blessing to the church and it is by all participating as each of us is able that we will surmount our challenges and rebuild our church in this post-pandemic world.  
 

In case you miss any of the weekly Moment for Ministry during the service or would like to watch one of the presentations again just click the links below,

Also watch the bulletin, Spire and our website for further Generosity campaign information like pledging, the matching program, building a culture of giving and further actions we are taking to build the post-pandemic church.

 

Stewardship FAQ
How can I GIVE?
How can I Support ACP financially?
What is pledging?
Why should I pledge?
Why is it important to pledge?
How do I make a pledge?
How many people will know how much I give?
How much should I give with an annual pledge?
Is my pledge a binding contract?
Can I change my pledge if my financial circumstances change?
Should I fill out a pledge card or complete an on-line pledge even if I am giving via virement / automatic bank transfer?
What is a steward and how do I become a steward of ACP?
How do I get more information?

How can I GIVE?
There are many ways you can give to God's Kingdom through your stewardship at The American Church in Paris. Whether it be your financial resources and/or volunteering your time and talents, we need your participation! Please visit our Support Us and Get Involved! webpages for more information on how to contribute your financial and time and talent resources to the advancement of our faith. Please reflect on the blessing you have been given by God and how you can share them.  Back to Stewardship FAQ.

How can I Support ACP financially?
ACP's various programs and ministries depend on the generosity of its members, friends, and visitors. Please visit our Support Us webpage for more information on how to contribute your financial resources to the advancement of our faith. We need your help!  Back to Stewardship FAQ

What is pledging?
Pledging is a commitment to give a specific amount of money to the church throughout the church calendar year. You can indicate on your electronic pledge or manually completed card whether you want to make an annual, quarterly, monthly or weekly contribution.

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Why should I pledge?
Two primary reasons: 1. To lay the foundation for the post-pandemic church. We give through the church, not to the church and stewardship is part of our recognition of God’s work in our lives and helps us achieve his mission through us. We are called to use all that God has given us in service to others, and for nearly all of us, this includes some amount of financial giving to the Church so we can accomplish his work. 2. Stewardship challenges each of us to consider how we will share our time, talents, and treasure at ACP. This fall, we are planning the 2022 missions, ministries and activities/needs and estimating the related expenditures. We must forecast church revenues to enable your Council to determine how to dedicate our financial resources in 2022 and having an understanding of the overall amount of pledges enables this planning. With weddings lower than history, this puts increase emphasis on understanding our planned giving.

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Why is it important to pledge?
As Christians, we worship God in all areas of our lives, including our finances. When we make a commitment to pledging a specific amount of money, we are serving God through our material resources. Giving is an essential part of the Christian faith; Christians have practiced the discipline of giving for hundreds of years. When you pledge you show your commitment to the future of the church, you are showing your gratitude to God for all the blessings you have received, and you make a difference in other people’s lives through the healing ministries of ACP. Therefore, pledging can be a joyous Christian discipline in our life.

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How do I make a pledge?
This year we are hoping that most can make the pledge on-line by using this link: . For those without access to electronic giving, pledge cards are available to be mailed to church members and regular attendees. Pledge cards are also available in the Narthex at ACP. Completed hard copy pledge cards may be mailed back to the church or placed it in the church offering plate. Back to Stewardship FAQ

How many people will know how much I give?
The amounts of any estimated and actual giving is kept strictly confidential, accessible only to ACP's Senior Pastor and finance/accounting team for processing donations and issuing tax receipts. Contact information is maintained in accordance with the ACP data privacy rules. Back to Stewardship FAQ

How much should I give with an annual pledge?
We believe that for those blessed with financial resources, giving is itself an act of ministry - a bold and impactful way to further God’s work through ACP. We believe in the Apostle Paul’s writing that “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us [including] … the giver, in generosity” (Romans 12: 6-8), and that “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) The tithe, a ten percent gift of the first fruits, is like training wheels for faithful giving. For most, it is a goal to be reached through incremental increases each year. Faithful stewardship requires planning and practice and can feel like a duty at times, but should always result in joyful, generative blessing to the giver and to those who receive. Some members of our faith family struggle while others have been more blessed financially than enough. Back to Stewardship FAQ

Is my pledge a binding contract?
No. Filling out your pledge card is an estimate of giving made in good faith. It is not like paying taxes, a mortgage or other debt payments. Your pledge is a statement of intent, not a contract. Back to Stewardship FAQ

Can I change my pledge if my financial circumstances change?
Yes. We do understand that circumstances in our lives change. Sometimes people give more than they originally pledged. Other times, they need to reduce or even cancel their pledge for some time. We simply ask you to let us know if your circumstances change. Back to Stewardship FAQ

Should I fill out a pledge card or complete an on-line pledge even if I am giving via virement / automatic bank transfer?
Yes. Your pledge assures church leadership of your commitment to continue giving. A virement, or periodic payment is one of the most seamless methods of giving as your donation goes directly to the ACP bank account with no processing fees or commissions, and we grateful for it – and we highly encourage it. But some people vary their virement periodically and a pledge will enable us to better estimate the full year amount. Back to Stewardship FAQ

What is a steward and how do I become a steward of ACP?
The New Testament Greek word for "steward," oikonomos, is a combination of the word for house (oikos) and law (nomos). In other words, a steward is a house manager, and in the New Testament was used to describe a servant who managed the affairs of a family. In the church we believe that we are all members of the household of God, and each has received gifts from God's infinite love. So we are called to be faithful stewards of the riches of Christ's love, and to bless one another in the church and in the larger community where God has called the church to be a blessing.

Everyone that contributes to God's Kingdom is a steward of the church's missions, ministries, and activities in Paris and throughout the world. If you are interested in participating in delivering the message of stewardship to the members, alumni, and friends of ACP, please consider becoming a member of the Stewardship Committee. We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about supporting our church's mission and ministries with good communication skills, innovative ideas to grow our resources, and enthusiasm. If you are interested in learning more about how you can serve with this committee, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Back to Stewardship FAQ.

How do I get more information?
Please visit our Support Us page for more information on the various ways to financially support ACP. If you need more information, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Back to Stewardship FAQ

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" – II Corinthians 9:15.