Hi Church family,
I am writing this Enews with a heavy heart to ask for your help in the midst of a wonderfully busy week of ministry in Colorado. I am helping train and pray for new bishops from Uganda, Rwanda, Myanmar, Brazil, US and other exotic locations.
While the week has involved a LOT of meetings, long hours, and the usual airport delays, it was well worth it. Look at the photograph below of a few of the bishops, laying hands on and praying for a brother bishop whose 3-week-old granddaughter, Beatrice Rose (“Birdie”) is fighting for her life! The man in the blue jacket is the recently elected Archbishop-elect of Uganda. These people are the type of leaders we have in the Anglican World and in ACNA. People who pray in faith, depend on God, bear one another’s burdens, care, and strategize for kingdom growth.
Friends, it is NEVER my desire to drone on or sermonize about finances but the truth is, right now our church is in a place where I/we must ask for your help. We are significantly behind budget and need to raise $58,000 a week for the next 12 weeks to make budget. The phrase “make budget” may not sound inspiring, but it is that budget which enables us to fund all the inspired mission and ministry we do.
Let me reframe a bit. For the remainder of 2019, we need every member and attendee to work together to close the gap between our projected and actual giving. Will you look at your current giving and pray to God about what you can do to help us to make up the growing deficit, and give generously?
Many of our people give 0-2% of their income to the work at Holy Spirit. Some give more, and a few follow the biblical pattern and admonition to give 10% or more. Oddly, the poor in our church generally give a much higher percentage than the well to do. One young widow recently gave CHS $15,000 of a $150,000 life insurance settlement. I wept with joy at how she trusts the Lord. The Lord has captured her heart.
But the truth is, we cannot disciple people and give nearly $700,000 away to strategic mission each year if many in our church family choose not to bring their full tithe to the “store house.” ( i.e. our church.)
Our general budget is just a “bucket” we use to receive tithes to fund staff, childcare, electricity, discipleship, CR, ALPHA and missions across the globe. If we are not more generous immediately, CHS may have to decrease ministry monies for the remainder of 2019; we will then have to decrease missions giving in 2020, reduce pay to staff via low or no COLA and other benefits and cut other things we all currently enjoy. That is the truth. It is just math. We really do not want to do any of that.I know y’all want to be a generous and effective church. I so admire the $63,000 that was raised for the work in Rwanda. But we cannot continue to do that good work if the basic ministry is underfunded. Would you please look at your giving to CHS and ask the Lord to give you the faith to be more generous, even a NT giver?
The challenge is this:
- If you have given 0% to CHS in 2019, give 2% by year end
- If you are currently giving 2% increase to 4%
- If giving 4% increase to 6%
- If giving 6% increase to 8%
- If giving 8% increase to 10%
- If giving 10% increase to 12%, etc.
Our 2020 Missions budget is big and exciting. Shannon Nunnally our Missions Director, the staff, vestry and I are looking at doing more for the:
1. Homeless and poor of our city through the Rescue Mission.
2. Significantly increase the percentage we give to the unreached 3 BILLION people who have never heard of Jesus and have no bible or no church.
3. Bring a full tithe to our diocese – 50% of which goes to church planting.
4. Add a downtown, Sunday, early evening service as the Lord provides people and resources.
5. And finally, we want to give our staff a full Cost of Living Adjustment and not cut back benefits or resources they need to lead us well.
Friends, thanks for your time and your heart to listen. Believe and trust in God.
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:10
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Cor 9:6