2020 Annual Appeal

In Acts, the Holy Spirit never stays still—is always blowing, always going, always giving more and more people the courage to be disciples and to get involved in God’s changing the world.

I believe the Holy Spirit is doing that work in and through us. Fourth Presbyterian Church has such a tremendous legacy as a light in the city, as a congregation that sits at the intersection of faith and life, as a part of the body of Christ that confronts our future with hope and confidence in God’s purposes

The legacy left—in the form of invested funds—by those who have come before us sustains the building and operations of Fourth Church. But it is our giving that funds the actual ongoing mission and ministry. It is our giving that enables us to continue living out the call to let our light shine in the city.

—Shannon Kershner


Make a 2020 Pledge or Gift Online

Other Ways to Pledge or Give


Why is it important to make a pledge commitment for 2020?
Pledging makes it possible for Fourth Church to discern what commitments to make for the year ahead; it provides church leadership with an understanding of the resources that can be available for those commitments.

Fourth Church asks all new and ongoing members for pledges of time, talent, and treasure. There is an expectation that all members will participate with a pledge that is meaningful and manageable in their current financial situation.

Why does my gift matter?
Pledged commitments directly determine what it is possible for us to do through mission and service, education and discipleship, and worship and music: more than 38 percent of Fourth Church’s annual revenue and nearly 23 percent of Chicago Lights’ annual revenue come from pledged commitments.

At the same time, pledging is about more than what we can do. It is also about who we are: making a commitment and giving annually to the church is one of the ways we express what it means to be disciples and a part of this faith community. By being generous in our financial giving, we express our gratitude for what God is doing in our own lives and in the world.


For more information about the Annual Appeal, contact Andrea Miller,
Associate Director of Development