2018 Stewardship Campaign

  • Introduction

    Dear Fellow Redeemed, This year we will be conducting our stewardship campaign in small group cottage meetings. The congregation has been divided into 20 groupings based on zip code. Each group will gather in the home of a member of their zip code group to hear what God’s Word says about stewardship and to learn more about the ministry plans we have for Immanuel in 2018. These meetings will take place from mid-September through October. Please be open to attending when you are invited. The ministry plan for 2018 will require a 15% increase in funds to be accomplished. This is a big ask, but our God is loving and faithful toward us and He asks us to demonstrate our faith and trust in Him with our tithes and offerings. When we return a portion of our financial blessings to God through our tithes and offerings, we joyfully give ourselves first to the Lord as we invest in God’s ministry and mission, and we create an opportunity for God to work through us and through our church to connect people to Jesus. This campaign represents a tangible opportunity to worship and serve God through joyful giving. Please prayerfully consider increasing your gift by 1 or 2% of your income over last year’s contribution. Commitment Sunday will be October 29th. We will present our annual giving commitments during worship services, but you may return your pledge at any time by placing it in the offering plate or mailing it to the church office. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Mal. 3:10 Steve Eyerman Stewardship Campaign 2018 Chair
  • Bible Study - "Macedonian Generosity"

    Macedonian Generosity 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 11,12 (2 Corinthians 8:1) And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Paul wrote about Christian giving and the collection of money for the church in Jerusalem in 2 Corinthians. Paul wrote that the desire to give and the spirit of giving in the Christian’s life was the result of God’s grace in their life. Christian giving is a vital aspect of Christian living. The churches in Macedonia had the spirit of giving because of the grace of God in their lives. (2 Corinthians 8:2) In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. The churches in Macedonia had not used their afflictions or their poverty as an excuse not to give to meet the needs of others. Their poverty was “extreme poverty;” therefore, they gave because of God’s grace and not because they had been commanded to give or because someone had told them that they needed to give if they wanted to be saved or go to heaven. Because they gave generously in spite of their poverty, Paul wrote that their offering “overflowed in a wealth of generosity,” not that they gave what those who were wealthy could easily give. (2 Corinthians 8:3) For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, Paul wrote that what he was going to write about them he would be willing to say under oath in a court of law: he could testify to what they did because he saw them give with his own eyes. They gave voluntarily and without compulsion. They not only gave what they could afford to give; they gave sacrificially beyond what they could afford to give. (2 Corinthians 8:4) they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the LORD's people. They knew that the Church of Jesus Christ had spread from the first church in Jerusalem and those who had sent the gospel to them were suffering. Therefore, they begged Paul to allow them to give: to them giving to help other Christians was a privilege not simply an obligation. They gave joyfully, not with resentment. (2 Corinthians 8:5) And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the LORD, and then by the will of God also to us. Before they begged for the opportunity to serve others, they first gave themselves to the Lord Jesus Christ: they first consecrated themselves to the service of Christ and this included service to the body of Christ wherever those in the body of Christ had need. The grace of God moved them to understand and seek to do the will of God, which included their commitment to follow the example of those who preached the gospel to them in giving to help the needy saints in Jerusalem. (2
  • "Joyful Giving" Video

  • Facts Sheet

    Facts Sheet around the 2018 Ministry Plan/Budget At the Stewardship campaign kick-off luncheon and training event, Steve shared that we are preparing for a 15% increase in the next ministry plan/budget. Why the increase? This is what this paper hopes to answer. When the Board listened to the congregation through the Vision and SWOT workshops, they heard that Immanuel wants to make a difference, be a growing community of believers, and be a church that models and lives for Jesus. From those meetings came their Vision Statement-100% Serving and 100% Growth. To achieve the vision, the board knows that it will not happen simply by putting it in writing. We will need to work and make additions for this to become reality. Therefore, for 2018, we are working towards adding a staff position of “Servanthood Director.” The Servanthood Director will be a half to three-fourths time position: - Further Equipping and Encouraging our members who are presently serving - Evaluating our training and follow up with the Volunteers of our Congregation - Championing and being the voice for Servanthood at Immanuel - Encouraging and sharing opportunities for our people to Serve outside our congregation (Live Missional Lives) - Team with like-minded business and civic groups who want to lift up Volunteerism in their corporation’s and in our Grand Rapids Community. - Make Immanuel the church this City thinks of when they hear the words Servanthood or Volunteerism. In one sense, they will be like a cooperate HR director who makes sure all the employees are functioning at a high level and that morale is strong. Total Budget for 2018 for this positon and necessary ministry support: $35,000 We also have heard over and over that Immanuel should be more racially diverse. That came out very strongly in the June 2017 SWOT meeting. We also knew two years ago, when a Ten-Year plan was put into place outlining how to achieve the vision, that we needed to have new urban ministries in place. God has answered our prayers and we have had many conversations with Leon Budibuende, a Congolese immigrant who has been caring for the spiritual needs of French-speaking people here in Grand Rapids. To help Pastor Leon with theological training, have ministry resources for this group, and give him a stipend for his work, we would need to include that in the 2018 budget. Total Budget for 2018 for this position and the necessary ministry support: $30,000 Along with having a more significant Urban representation, Curtis Pruitt has been working as a catalyst for Outreach with young, professional people who are moving downtown. He is putting together plans for outreach into the Condos/Apartments/Lofts around the church. We are meeting with other churches and Spectrum about how to minister better to the Medical Community. We are also laying the foundation for prayer walking and a Blessing Ministry to complement our Saturday morning breakfast. Total Budget for 2018 for the resources to expand our Outreach: $15,000 These are just new ministries. We also need to increase what
  • The Ask

  • Tithing Calculator

  • Pledge Card

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