The timing of “Let’s Go!” is perfect. Ministry in our church is so fruitful and we are seeing blessings abounding everywhere. We have many people visiting and attending our church and we want to give them opportunities to grow and be vested in the vision and ministry of the church. For Fair Haven to be all God intended, we must be as Christ declared Himself…a servant to others. It is so important that we embrace the strategic plan of our church together so we can reach our community for Christ. Embracing the strategic plan means that each of us surrenders our time, talent and treasure to the fulfillment of that plan through our church. As we serve we will grow in our relationship with Christ. While we might overlook areas of our facility that need updating and improvement, those are often what guests notice first. The Apostle Paul said that he had become all things to all people in order that he might be able to reach them for Christ. By doing necessary improvements and updates to our church building, we operate in the same motivation as Paul in that we would want our property to be attractive to those who visit. No one wants to owe money, yet sometimes it is necessary that a church incur a responsible amount of debt in order to have the necessary capital to enhance ministry. Thus, debt is incurred because reaching people and growing them in Christ matters. A responsible church does everything it can to pay off that debt as soon as reasonably possible. All money released from debt service, can be reinvested back into the ministries of our church. As we incurred debt because people matter…we will reduce debt and reinvest those funds back into ministry because people matter. Now is the perfect time for us to work together to help transform lives for Christ. Let’s Go!
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We want everyone in the church to Embrace our 3-year strategic plan to share the message of Christ to lost people, to grow in our discipleship, and to raise up the next generation spiritually in Jesus Christ. For the church to be all that God has intended for us to be it takes the entire church working as one towards the same purpose. Our emphasis on Evangelism, Discipleship, & Next Generation isn’t just for staff & leaders, but for every person who is apart of our church body. The leadership feels that this Go Initiative will help promote personal ownership of our strategic plan by challenging each person here to begin by resourcing the plan. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” By making a financial commitment to ministry of the church, it is our belief that people will also begin to feel invested in our mission to the point they will personally participate. If the only goal this initiative accomplishes that it unifies us as a church around Evangelism, Discipleship, & Next Gen … then is would be a smashing success.
We want to Enable everyone in our church to be transformed spiritually through investing their time, talent, and treasure to the work of the Lord in this church. The leadership is committed to helping everyone in our church grow deeper in their faith. Faith requires a greater trust in God with our daily lives. Sometimes, we need to be challenged in areas that we are comfortable with to grow beyond our current level of faith. The Let’s Go initiative will challenge us in this area of generosity, which I truly believe Generosity is not about our finances, but about our faith. When we grow in our faith, we become more mature disciples.
We want to leverage our facilities to help us Attract guests. Our original building is 17 years old. While we are unaffected by certain aspects of our facility that needs updating & improved … these are the same things that our guests notice first. The apostle Paul said he became all things to all people in order that he might be able to reach some for Christ. This is the same attitude we have in wanting to renovate our facilities to create “irresistible environments” to attract people so they can be introduced to Jesus Christ. We have done some projects like the Commons area & the foyer … but there are still multiple items left on our “To Do” list.
We want to Release resources used to serve debt back into ministry. No one wants to be in debt, yet sometimes debt is necessary for a church to incur for a season of time to move ministry forward. Several years ago the leadership determined the new building was necessary for the church to continue to grow … so we took on that debt to build. Because of that decision we grew from 400 to 600 average attendance. While that was a responsible decision to reach more people for Christ … now it would also be responsible to pay off that debt as quickly as possible so we can every dollar from serving debt and reinvest it into serving the ministry of the church. Again, we went into debt because people matter … we will pay down debt and reinvest those dollars back into ministry because people matter.
Generosity Matters and Makes a Difference
Nearly every day, we make finacial decisions. Some are small such as, “Should we get a cup of coffee at SpeedWay or splurge for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks?” Others are big like, “Which house, which car, or which college should I choose?” Still some concern the future such as, “How much we should spend on Christmas, or which reitirement funds should I choose?” Probably the most challenging decision we make with money is the decision to give. Giving creates tension. We wonder, “If I give this away, how will the gap be filled?” That’s why giving is such a big deal! Nothing invites God into our lives like giving. Giving is a tnagible way we declare our trust in and commit to God. Giving often paves the way for God to show up in our lives in a powerful way. Giving is not just a financial decision. It is a deeply spiritual decision. Our prayer as your join together in this “Let’s Go!” inativie is that you grow in your faith and expeirience the power of God in your life as you seek Him and His kingdom through generous giving.