“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

(Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman)


Hope Central is sustained by the monthly pledges and generosity of our congregation and friends.


What is a pledge?

A pledge is the promise of a donation to Hope Central Church for its mission and to fulfill its deepest spiritual values.


How can I make a pledge?

You can go ahead and donate today for 2020. You can fill out a pledge card and mail it to Hope Central Church at 85 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. You can bring your pledge card to our Sunday morning worship.


How can I fulfill my pledge?

  • Electronic bill pay. Simply add Hope Central Church to your payees on your bank’s “Pay Bills” webpage. Most banks offer an automatic payment option. Donating in this way requires no service fee for you or for Hope Central.
  • Give electronically. Choose one of our online giving options by clicking a logo below or visiting hopecentralchurch.org/donate.

  • By check. Just be sure to write in the memo blank, “2020 Stewardship.” You can mail this or put it in the offering plate during service.
  • In cash. Just be sure to put the cash in an envelope clearly marked with your name and “2020 Stewardship,” that way we know it’s a Stewardship contribution. You can mail this or put it in the offering plate during service.

How much should I pledge?

Tithing, a dedicated percentage of our individual income from 1% to 10%, gross or net, interest or capital to Hope Central, can help us decide how to make a right-size pledge, not giving too much nor too little. Pledging a small percentage at first allows us a beginning practice of generosity for this work in which we believe. Increasing the percentage over years allows our generosity to deepen, to be a journey, marked by sign posts and paved with joy. Hope Central practices tithing 10% of our plate and pledge offerings to organizations that align with our mission and spiritual values. We tithe our building and parking use, too.

We offer this guide to help you consider what your pledge might be if you began to give by making a tithe.

Annual Income  An annual pledge of
1% – 2% 
An annual pledge of
3% – 4%
An annual pledge of
5% – 10% 
$25,000   $250 – $500 $750 – $1,000 $1,250 – $2,500
$50,000 $500 – $1,000 $1,000 – $2,000 $2,500 – $5,000
$75,000 $750 – $1,500 $2,250 – $3,000 $3,750, $7,500
$100,000 $1,000 – $2,000 $3,000 – $4,000 $5,000 – $10,000
$150,000 $1,500 – $3,000 $4,500 – $6,000 $7,500 – $15,000
$200,000 $2,000 – $4,000 $6,000 – $8,000 $10,000 – $20,000
$300,000 $3,000 – $6,000 $9,000 – $12,000 $15,000 – $30,000


Number of Pledgers per Pledge Bracket (2018)  

Total Amount Pledged = $175,069

Percentage of Total Pledge Contributed (2018) 

Total Amount Pledged = $175,069

We are grateful for your generous support of the work of God at Hope Central!

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because God has anointed me; sent us to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of God’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion— to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display God’s glory. 

They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. 

(Isaiah 61:1-4)