Frequently Asked Questions



What is Stewardship?

Stewardship means to serve as one who manages another’s property, finances or affairs. It is not just a means for the church to raise money. For Christians, stewardship is a way of life that recognizes that everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on Earth. Through our stewardship, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God, reaching out in love to share with our world.

How do I know how much to give?

Pray over your decision, asking God to bless and use your gifts for ministry. For some, the giving of the tithe is a goal to grow toward each year. Others are able to pledge more. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward it this year. Determine your giving in proportion to your income, then set a percentage that you can increase each year until you reach your goal.

How does the budgeting process work?

Each ministry area calculates their objectives and costs for the year. Then, the Finance Committee works with the appropriate staff to review the figures and may recommend changes based on the overall vision for the church. The final proposal covering all ministries and operations is developed by our Finance Committee and the Executive Team. Their budget recommendation is submitted for a congregational vote at our annual church conference in the fall.

What are your accounting standards?

We are committed to full financial integrity, and employ a system of strict internal controls. Plus, we have an annual external audit. You can request a copy of the budget at any time and you will find that money given is well managed. Please contact us at finance@clarkstonstaff.org if you would like to discuss our financial practices.

What if I am unable to give at this time?

If you are experiencing financial hardship, don’t let your inability to give at this time keep you from participating and serving. Remember that God honors your faithfulness and your acceptance is not based on your capacity to give. Our pastoral staff would be happy to pray with you and offer support.


Can I set up reoccurring donations?

Yes. Donations to either the general fund or the ministry expansion campaign can be set up once to reoccur either weekly, monthly, semi-monthly(twice a month) or quarterly. In addition, one time donations can be made at any time.

Will my contributions be reflected on my annual giving statement?

Yes. Any gifts given electronically will be recorded and appear on the financial giving record that is sent to you.

What if I change banks?

If you change banks or would simply like to change your payment method, you can edit your profile with the new information. If you have signed paperwork to have the finance office manage your profile and electronic giving, simply call the finance office at (248) 620-8410 and they will update your information for you.

Can I update/change the frequency or amount of my donation?

Yes. You can change either the amount or the frequency at any time.

How do I get help?

If you need any assistance in either setting up or managing your online giving or have other questions, please call the finance office at (248)620-8410 or email finance@clarkstonstaff.org

Can I try this once?

Yes. We would love for you to try this out. A one time donation can be made with or without creating an online profile. Simply enter the amount you would like to give and fill in your information so we may send a record of your giving to you.

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