I just wanted to give a follow-up encouragement to you from Sunday’s message. By way of refresher, a week before last we discussed some vision and plans we have for 2010. If you missed it, I would REALLY encourage you to take some time and listen to the message here.
Then last week, we attached some very practical numbers to what we guesstimate the Cost of Vision to be here at Living Stones Church for 2010 with a challenge for everyone to consider the possibility of increasing their giving by either $5 / $9 / or $12 from last year. If you missed the message, again, I would REALLY encourage you to take some time and listen to the message here.
We presented lots of opportunities and numbers, etc. But in a nut-shell here is what we are doing in 2010: We have set a budget for 2010 based on the average giving of 2009 (which was a 13% increase for us over 2008…good job…especially in light of economy, unemployment, etc. However, and for a little perspective, while we are thankful for a 13% increase, our average attendance went up 60% last year. Based on this set budget, we have determined three phases we would like to move in for 2010. In order to do so, it will require responsiveness from Living Stoners. Factoring in the number of “All-in” family units here at LSC and crunching the numbers for those family units and 52 weeks, we have determined the following:
Phase 1: Fully funding all of the ministry leader’s requested budgets for 2010; hiring a full-time children’s minister; and repaving our parking lot (c. $15,000). This would require an additional $5 more per family unit per week.
Phase 2: (In addition to all of the items listed in Phase 1) Be able to hire a full-time worship pastor (which as a sidenote this is different than leading worship on a Sunday morning, but rather someone who can oversee the entire ministry that belongs to worship…which is a lot!); modest investments into some needed building improvements (e.g., back entry way of building, kitchen, replacing our 54 year old windows in the Quarry. This is possible if we received an additional $9 more per family unit per week.
Phase 3: (In addition to all of the times listed in Phases 1 & 2) Give us some capital resources to invest in plans for impacting the South side of South Bend (e.g., investing in neighborhoods around our church that are largely abandoned); Resourcing us for some initial costs of sending out another Living Stones Church (can you imagine?!?!?); and the possibility for other building improvements (e.g., expanding our “lobby” space which is more like a glorified hallway) . This is all possible if we received an additional $12 more per family unit per week.
Prayerfully consider what you might be able to do. For some, $12 per week would be nothing by way of sacrifice. For others, $5 would be significant. We know. But your investment, when added to others who are doing the same thing…would allow us to move forward in vision faster and with greater ease, as well as capture some opportunities that are before us RIGHT NOW!!!
Just for the record, this past Sunday’s offering (which did include many who were making up for being gone during the holidays) would place us at just about the 3rd Phase level. So…whatever you did Sunday…keep it up!!!
Thanks for your generosity LSC!