The Endowment Fund

Just as annual stewardship giving is a chance to return to God a portion of our annual income, contributions to the endowment fund share the accumulated gifts God has provided us as an ongoing support for the Kirk’s ministries.

The Endowment Fund has been built by donations, gifts, and bequests of faithful stewards to strengthen the ongoing work of the church. These donors recognize the opportunity to give a gift that keeps on giving, since investment returns magnify the impact of their original gifts.

Senior Pastor Jody Welker

The Endowment Fund helps to enable the Kirk’s missions, such as our Guatemala Mission.
Read more about the Kirk’s missions in Guatemala.

Statement of Purpose

Christian stewardship is an awareness that everything we have is a gift from God.

It implies a responsibility to make productive use of all God’s gifts to humankind – time, talents, and material possessions.

The Session of the Kirk, on behalf of the congregation, has affirmed that stewardship is concerned not only with current income and its use, but equally with accumulated, inherited and appreciated resources.

It is the belief and commitment of the Session, therefore , that the mission of this church should be expanded by providing opportunities for members to support the benevolent, educational, mission and worship activities of the whole church through special gifts and planned giving.

Specifically, the church desires to enlarge the scope of the congregation’s work and influence by:

  • initiating, supporting and maintaining worthy community projects,
  • participating more fully in the many avenues for service to God and to humankind offered by our denomination; including religious fellowship, worship and education;
  • expanding its witness to Jesus Christ; and
  • engaging in programs designed to attend to the needs and wants of the elderly, sick, poor, young, and handicapped, whether physically or mentally.

How We Use Endowment Funds

Endowment funds are used to help support the ministries, missions, activities, and vision of the Kirk.

Gifts received into the Endowment Fund may be either designated or un-designated and either temporary or permanent.  Donors may designate such contributions for any purpose or cause that is generally consistent with the purposes and mission of the Kirk and that is approved by the Session of  the Kirk.

Read about 2018 Endowment Fund Distributions.

Read about 2017 Endowment Fund Distributions.

Read more about How We Use Endowment Funds.

Ways to Give to the Endowment Fund

While pledging helps the church carry on its operations from day to day and week to week during the year, the Kirk of Kildaire encourages its members and friends to also give serious consideration to how they can maintain the church’s ministry over an extended period of time.  The pastors and members of the Endowment Fund Committee are always happy to discuss the full range of possibilities for giving to the Kirk.  You can give online at the Kirk’s Ways to Give to the Endowment Fund page.

adults in Sunday school

Students in a Financial Peace University class at the Kirk sponsored by an endowment grant

Responsibility for Endowment Funds

The Session is responsible for the use of endowment funds as part of its overall mission and budgetary responsibilities.  The Endowment Committee, as set out in the Articles Establishing the Endowment Fund (contact the Endowment committee if you would like this document), is responsible for management and administration (including, but not limited to investments) of these funds.  They take their stewardship of these funds very seriously. The use of funds and investment performance are regularly reviewed.  Decisions on the specific use of endowment funds in a given year are reviewed and approved, first by the Endowment Committee and then by the Session.

The Covenant Circle

The Kirk has established The Covenant Circle to celebrate and encourage those who contribute to The Endowment Fund through a gift or by making the covenant to remember the Fund in their will or through a charitable remainder trust.

Each year members of The Covenant Circle are invited to a special luncheon and program

  • to thank and recognize them
  • to hear how endowment funds are being used
  • to enjoy a relaxed information social occasion

If you are interested in joining the Covenant Circle, please complete the Kirk Covenant Circle and place it in the worship offering plate or send it to the church office.

elementary age children

Through a grant from The Endowment Fund, children in the Preparing Children for Participating in Worship (PCPW) class received Bibles from the Kirk.

Request more information here