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Whether you call it a pledge, tithe, offering, or contribution, every single gift, no matter how it's given, bears witness to our commitment. Take a moment to discern how the Spirit is leading you to give generously in 2016 and whether you might be called to give more this year than last.

What is Christian Stewardship?

Christian Stewardship is using the gifts God has given us to do the work God is calling us to do. All that we have in this life is a gift from God: our time, our talent, our treasure. Part of being a good steward is giving back to God some of what we have been given, in loving gratitude for God's many gifts to us.

God calls us to share an abundant life that is marked by communion, communication and community. As good stewards of God's gifts, we nurture and share them with the community as we work for the greater good.

To support the missions and programs of The Riverside Church, please contact us at or call 212-870-6782.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is a generous and effective way of making an intentional gift to The Riverside Church to ensure its future vibrancy.

It usually involves financial or estate planning; however it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned giving is a means by which anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources makes a considered choice about their ultimate disposition.

Planned giving establishes a way for a donor to provide for family members while remembering the church as well. It often enables the donor to provide more for his or her heirs and to make a larger gift than thought possible. It often reduces taxes as well. You should consult with your financial advisor or attorney for guidance in determining the planned gift approach that is right for you and your family.

Planned gifts are usually made in one of several ways:

- A Bequest in a Will
- Designations of Retirement Plans or IRAs
- The Bequest of a Life Insurance Policy
- A gift plan that provides income to you

If you would like to explore these options, please contact us at or call 212-870-6782.

Leadership Gifts
You can take a leadership role at Riverside by making a major gift contribution, which is one way to help ensure that our core programs continue. In a time when so many have so little, we're asking those who can to give more. For more information about our leadership campaign, please contact us at or call 212-870-6782.


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As Stewardship Season continues, we will be highlighting the words of a few members of our community:

Jeff and Nikki Kready
& daughter Lena

Riverside Congregants, 2012
Riverside Members, 2013

Q. What drew you to Riverside?
A. We wanted an open and affirming church. All of our best friends are gay. Diversity drew us here. And it says something about the historic import of the Church that there have been speakers here like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

Q. What does Riverside give to you?
A.The Church's social gospel. Lots of churches stand for a gospel, but don't necessarily act on it in a very tangible manner. Riverside marries faith and action - a true social gospel.

Q. How do you give to Riverside?
A. We take our standard from the Hebrew which is a tithe of 10% of our gross, because we couldn't very well pay God less than our agents. They get 10% of our gross - so should God. It's only fair. We feel so blessed as actors to work and do what we love that we think it's only fair to give back to the programs we love.